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.


June 1

1967 — Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released by The Beatles.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Beatles
Photo by Leopald Joseph/ANL/Shutterstock.

June 2

2002 — HBO’s hit series “The Wire” makes its debut.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Wire
Photo by Monique Bunn/mediapunch/Shutterstock.

June 3

1964 — The Rolling Stones begin their first-ever US tour.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Rolling Stones
Photo by Richard Rosser/Shutterstock.

June 4

1919 — Congress passes the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — 19th Amendment
Photo by Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock.

June 5

1956 – Elvis Presley debuts eventual hit single “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Elvis Presley
Photo by Hollywood Photo Archive/Mediapunch/Shutterstock.

June 6

1944 — Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day in World War II.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Normandy
Photo by Universal History Archive/Shutterstock.

June 7

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.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — King George IV at Niagra
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

June 8

1984 — Classic comedy Ghostbusters premiers nationwide.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Original Ghostbusters
Photo by Snap/Shutterstock.

June 9

1973 — Secretariat becomes horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Secretariat
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

June 10

1994 — Speed, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, is released in theaters.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Speed
Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

June 11

1979 — Iconic film star John Wayne dies of cancer at age 72.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — John Wayne
Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG/Shutterstock.

June 12

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan delivers his famous “Tear Down this Wall” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Ronald Reagan
Photo by Ira Schwartz/AP/Shutterstock.

June 13

1977 – James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., returns to prison after escaping with five other inmates a week earlier.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — James Earl Ray
Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

June 14

1994 — The New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to end a 54-year Championship drought.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Rangers vs Canucks
Photo by Ron Frehm/AP/Shutterstock.

June 15

2012 – Daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Nik Wallenda
Photo by David Duprey/AP/Shutterstock.

June 16

1978 — Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opened in theaters.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Grease
Photo by Paramount/Rso/Kobal/Shutterstock.

June 17

1994 – Former NFL star O.J. Simpson leads the LAPD on a high speed freeway chase in the now infamous White Ford Bronco.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — O.J. Simpson
Photo by Joseph R Villarin/AP/Shutterstock.

June 18

1983 – Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Sally Ride
Photo by Shutterstock.

June 19

1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of espionage for the Soviet Union, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Rosenbergs
Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

June 20

1975 – The film Jaws is released in theaters, becoming the then-highest grossing box office film in history.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Jaws
Photo by Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock.

June 21

1963 – Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is elected as Pope Paul VI.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Pope Paul VI
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

June 22

1986 – Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal leads Argentina over England 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments— Maradona's "Hand of God" Play
Photo by Colorsport/Shutterstock.

June 23

1989 — The first Batman film in the long-running series, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, opens in theaters.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Keaton's Batman
Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

June 24

1975 – Easter Airlines Flight 66 crashes while approaching J.F.K Airport in New York City, killing 115 passengers and crew.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Easter Airlines Flight 66
Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

June 25

1967 — The Beatles record “All You Need Is Love” before a live television audience.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — All You Need is Love
Photo by David Magnus/Shutterstock.

June 26

2015 – The United States Supreme Court rules 5-4 that same sex couples have the constitutional right to marriage.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Shutterstock.

June 27

1988 – Boxing legend Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds during a heavyweight fight in Atlantic City.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Tyson vs Spinks
Photo by Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock.

June 28

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.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and Sophia
Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

June 29

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.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Atlantis and Mir
Photo by Sovfoto/Universal Images Group/Shutterstock.

June 30

1989 – Spike Lee’s classic film Do The Right Thing is released in theaters.

On This Day in June: 30 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Do the Right Thing
Photo by Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock.

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