Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history, spanning great tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently.
This month we’re launching a new feature to illuminate some of these historical moments captured in photographs. 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, Senior Content Marketing Manager Bryan Formhals takes us on a visual journey through June.
1990 – George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev sign the bilateral U.S.–Soviet Chemical Weapons Accord.
1953 – Queen Elizabeth II is crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony in London.
1965 – Astronaut Ed White leaves the Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first American to conduct a space walk.
1972 – Political activist and academic Angela Davis is acquitted on charges of conspiracy, murder, and kidnapping in San Jose, California.
2004 – Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America, dies at 93 from Alzheimer’s Disease.
1968 – Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated during a campaign rally at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
2015 – US President Barack Obama arrives in Munich, Germany to participate in the G7 Summit.
1984 – The classic comedy Ghostbusters premiered across theaters in the United States.
1973 – Legendary racing horse Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes to capture the prestigious Triple Crown.
2010 – The last episode of the acclaimed mob drama The Sopranos airs with a much discussed twist ending.
1982 – Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is released across the United States.
1987 – US President Ronald Reagan gives his famous “tear down this wall” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.
1977 – James Early Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. returns to prison after escaping with five other inmates a week earlier.
2002 – The Bourne Identity is released and dazzles audiences with a nail biting scene where lead actor Matt Damon drives a mini-cooper on a chase through the streets of Paris.
2012 – Daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.
1963 – Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space after she spent 71 hours orbiting the earth.
1994 – Former NFL star O.J. Simpson leads LA Police 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 Prion in New York.
1975 – The film Jaws was released and became the highest grossing box office film in history while terrifying audiences.
1963 – Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is elected as Pope Paul VI.
1986 – Soccer legend Diego Maradona scores two goals, including’The Goal of the Century,’ leading Argentina to a 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
2016 – The United Kingdom votes %52 to %48 on the Brexit referendum to leave the European Union.
1975 – Easter Airlines Flight 66 crashes while approaching J.F.K Airport in New York City, killing 115 passengers and crew.
2009 – Pop Star Michael Jackson dies at 50 after suffering cardiac arrest at his rented Bel Air home in Los Angeles.
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, which depicts race relations in a Brooklyn neighborhood on one summer day, is released.