Follow along with the biggest moments in June history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.
Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through June.
1967 — Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released by The Beatles.
2002 — HBO’s hit series “The Wire” makes its debut.
1964 — The Rolling Stones begin their first-ever US tour.
1919 — Congress passes the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
1956 – Elvis Presley debuts eventual hit single “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show.
1944 — Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day in World War II.
1939 — King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, visit New York’s Niagara Falls. He was the first reigning British monarch to set foot in the United States.
1984 — Classic comedy Ghostbusters premiers nationwide.
1973 — Secretariat becomes horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.
1994 — Speed, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, is released in theaters.
1979 — Iconic film star John Wayne dies of cancer at age 72.
1987 – US President Ronald Reagan delivers his famous “Tear Down this Wall” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.
1977 – James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., returns to prison after escaping with five other inmates a week earlier.
1994 — The New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to end a 54-year Championship drought.
2012 – Daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.
1978 — Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opened in theaters.
1994 – Former NFL star O.J. Simpson leads the LAPD on a high speed freeway chase in the now infamous White Ford Bronco.
1983 – Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of espionage for the Soviet Union, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.
1975 – The film Jaws is released in theaters, becoming the then-highest grossing box office film in history.
1963 – Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is elected as Pope Paul VI.
1986 – Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal leads Argentina over England 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
1989 — The first Batman film in the long-running series, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, opens in theaters.
1975 – Easter Airlines Flight 66 crashes while approaching J.F.K Airport in New York City, killing 115 passengers and crew.
1967 — The Beatles record “All You Need Is Love” before a live television audience.
2015 – The United States Supreme Court rules 5-4 that same sex couples have the constitutional right to marriage.
1988 – Boxing legend Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds during a heavyweight fight in Atlantic City.
1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off a chain of events which would eventually lead to World War I.
1995 – On the 100th space mission in American history, Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir. The collaboration lead to the formation of the largest man-made satellite to orbit the earth.
1989 – Spike Lee’s classic film Do The Right Thing is released in theaters.
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