A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on June 16th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On June 16, 1586, Mary, Queen of Scots, named her heir and successor, Phillip II of Spain.
On June 16, 1811, the remaining crew of an American armed fur trading ship purposely blew the ship up after it had been overrun by Native Americans near Vancouver Island.
On June 16, 1944, 14 year old George Stinney was executed in the electric chair by the State of South Carolina, giving him the distinction of being the youngest American executed in the 20th Century.
Possibly on June 16, 1944 (the exact date is unknown, said to be sometime in the Spring of 1944, so we chose this date), American Army Air Force pilot William Overstreet, Jr. was flying his North American P-51 Mustang in pursuit of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109 when the 2 fighter planes amazed onlookers on the ground by flying right under the lower arches of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
On June 16, 2010, Bhutan, a landlocked country in Asia and the smallest state located entirely within the Himalaya mountain range, became the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.
On June 16, 2010, the nation of Bhutan became the first nation in the world to outlaw tobacco.
On June 16, 2012, Forgotten Books published The English Madrigal Composers.
On Friday, June 16, 2017, the news hit the proverbial fan as the jury came to verdicts in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota cop that shot and killed Philando Castile while Castile’s girlfriend played the aftermath on live streaming video.
On June 16, 2019, Americans celebrated the annual day devoted to giving dad across the country neckties and coffee cups, maybe even T-shirts, usually with some sort of “World’s Greatest Dad” themed logo emblazoned on the gift.
On June 16, 2023, Warner Brothers and DC Studios released yet another big budget superhero movie, in this case, The Flash.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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