This Day in History - June

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of June?
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
June 1
1533
This woman is crowned Queen consort of England. Despite rumors
to the contrary, she has the normal number of fingers.
Anne Boleyn
June 2
1896
This Italian inventor files a patent for the radio
Guglielmo Marconi
June 3
1968
At the "Factory" in New York City, this artist is shot and nearly
killed by a deranged woman
Andy Warhol
June 4
1989
Protesters are massacred in or near this city's Tiananmen Square
Beijing
June 5
1968
This politician is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan
Robert F. Kennedy
June 6
1984
This Russian video game is released
Tetris
June 7
1654
This king begins his 72 year reign as king of France
Louis XIV
June 8
632
This prophet dies in Medina
Muhammad
June 9
1891
Painter Paul Gauguin arrives at this Polynesian island
Tahiti
June 10
323 BC
This Macedonian conqueror dies
Alexander the Great
June 11
1978
This film, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John,
opens in movie theaters
Grease
June 12
1817
The "dandy horse" is ridden for this first time. It was the predecessor
to this modern method of transportation.
Bicycle
June 13
2005
This pop singer is found not guilty of child molestation
Michael Jackson
June 14
1982
This war between Argentina and the U.K. comes to an end
Falklands War
June 15
1215
King John signs this document
Magna Carta
June 16
1897
This territory is annexed by the United States
Hawaii
June 17
1944
This island nation declares independence from Denmark
Iceland
June 18
1940
This politician gives his "Finest Hour" speech
Winston Churchill
June 19
1865
"Juneteeth" celebrates the day that this came to an end in Texas
Slavery
June 20
1991
Germany votes to move the capital from this city to its
present location in Berlin
Bonn
June 21
1982
This British royal is born, becoming second-in-line to the throne
Prince William
June 22
1969
The Cuyahoga River catches fire in this U.S. state
Ohio
June 23
47 BC
This queen gives birth to Ptolemy Caesarion, the son of Julius Caesar
Cleopatra
June 24
1717
The first Grand Lodge of this organization is founded in London
Freemasonry
June 25
1929
This U.S. President authorizes the building of the dam which
today bears his name
Herbert Hoover
June 26
2015
The Supreme Court legalizes this across the U.S.
Same-sex Marriage
June 27
1950
The U.S. enters this war
Korean War
June 28
1919
This treaty is signed, officially ending the state of war
between Germany and the Allied powers
Treaty of Versailles
June 29
2007
This landmark product is released
Apple iPhone
June 30
1997
China gains control of this territory
Hong Kong
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2015
I kept anwering "Tiananmen Square". The Question was asking for the city...
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Level 84
Jun 1, 2018
I did the same thing with the Cuyahoga river question...tried Cleveland...
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Level 73
Jun 11, 2021
Are you saying that the massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square took place in Tiananmen Square? Shocking!
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Level 60
Jun 1, 2015
Seriously? For the 22nd of June you've got: 1633 - Galileo Galilei is forced by the Holy Office to confirm that the Earth is the centre of the Universe; 1815 - Napoleon abdicates for the second time; 1940 - signing of the Second Compiegne armistice; 1941 - beginning of the Operation "Barbarossa"; 1986 - Diego Maradona scores two goals against England: "the hand of God" and "the goal of the century"; 1990 - Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin is dismantled, yet you choose a fire of the river that is almost absolutely unknown outside USA (and maybe Canada)? You could as well choose my birthday for that day ;)
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Level 46
Jun 2, 2015
I think it is a very good quiz. 37% got Ohio, that is a reasonable number. Checkpoint Charlie would have been a good quiz item too. It is not possible to include everything notable that ever happened in June.
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Level 82
Jun 1, 2018
"The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire helped spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities, resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)."

I won't say it's the most important thing to ever happen on that day, but it's not totally insignificant, either.

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Level 73
Jun 1, 2018
A good rule of a thumb is think if you would have found the question worthwhile if it had been about another country. The Sandoz chemical spill was a huge thing in Switzerland. The 2011 Nairobi pipeline fire caused hundreds of deaths and had big political impact. The Vuurwerkramp prompted stricter fire regulations in the Netherlands. None of those incidents is significant from a worldwide perspective. Neither is the Cuyahoga River fire. And for this reason it should be taken out of this test.
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Level 82
Jun 1, 2018
I've heard of the Cuyahoga River fire. It's famous and noteworthy. I'm also aware of the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster, Chernobyl, the London Fire of 1666, the burning of Kuwaiti oil fields in 1991, the destruction of the Aral Sea, the Copiapó mining accident of Chile, the collapse of the Warsaw Radio Mast, the Hindenberg disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the destruction by tsunami of Maya Bay in Thailand, the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, the Colectiv nightclub fire in Bucharest, the disappearance of Malaysian flight 370, and quite a few other things, too.

Read a book.

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Level 37
Jun 2, 2018
I agree that a fire in Ohio with no victims is of little importance outside the USA. I'm in Jetpunk to learn, but I'd prefer to learn more that useless trivia.
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Level 82
Jun 15, 2018
Hear! Hear! Let's have trivia sites without trivia on them! While we're at it, let's reduce the amount of fruit in fruit salad, and work towards having fewer jokes in stand-up comedy.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
I have heard of all kalbahamut mentions besides the radio mast, none of them from books btw. But hadnt heard about cuyahoga river.

Events do get known outside of their own country, depended on various things. Magnitude and deathtoll being one, but many other reason why certain events get more coverage than other.

It is difficult to asses which events are ones that are known globally. Especially with things that are very known nationaly. In a certain situation it is hard to imagine how things otherwise would be, like would I have liked/done this or that If I never had met that person. No way to know you cant turn back time.

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Level 76
Jun 1, 2018
I've usually seen the question "what happened to the Cuyahoga River", but had no idea where it was. Still, when throwing darts at states, I generally go for the Virginias, Carolinas, Dakotas and the News, then the shorter named ones (more goes for fewer keystrokes). Bingo!
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Level 82
Jun 1, 2018
I feel like I would follow exactly the same strategy if I was not from the U.S.
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2018
A river (you know, made of flowing water) catches fire and can't be extinguished....that's not an event? That had more global ramifications than some soccer trivia answer.
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Level 70
Aug 29, 2020
Another vote for changing that question. Whilst it may be fairly well know in the States, it’s all but impossible for those of us not raised/educated there. There are already enough US specific questions on there, the Supreme court, Juneteenth, the territory annexed, and the dam etc.
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Level 83
Sep 7, 2020
Now you learned something that gave major incentive to the general public in the move to drastically reduce pollution in your water and air. It was an enormous event in bringing the lay public around to the fledgling environmental movement. Teach others and pass it on.
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2021
I live over 8,000 miles from Ohio and I had heard of this fire. Plus it is guessable

Good quiz like these each month but they are usually pretty easy - coz most guessable

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Level 72
Jun 1, 2018
Could you Mr Quizmaster be a bit more forgiving on the spelling of Muhammad? I have seen the name spelt (or spelled if you're American) in various ways.
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Level 61
Jun 1, 2018
Should "Bobby Kennedy" not work for the assassination question? That's what he was commonly known by I think
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Level 77
Jun 1, 2018
You probably could have just put Kennedy and it would have been accepted. I put RFK and that worked.
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
Bobby Kennedy would have worked also.
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Level 76
Jun 1, 2018
Note: Collins' record was recently [2016] surpassed by an Indian schoolboy, Pranav Dhanawade, with the scarcely believable score of 1009. Would like to see the question still there, but possibly with a "which stood for over 100 years" qualifier
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Level 76
Jun 1, 2018
Could you accept just "Anne" for the Queen consort?
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Level 71
Jun 1, 2018
I thought it was Anne Boeyln (which, now that I look at it, is a pretty unlikely spelling). At least I learned something.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
not boilin'or bowlin? jk :D
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Level 80
Aug 15, 2020
I figured I was wrong when "Anne" didn't work and moved on.
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Level 68
Jun 1, 2018
kept typing Cleveland...lol...never realized it was asking for state...oh well
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Level 56
Jun 5, 2018
China didn't REgain control of Hong Kong June 30, the handover was on July 1st and that was when Britain gave Hong Kong back to China.
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Level 78
Aug 15, 2020
The handover ceremony was on 30th, China regained control at midnight / on 1st July. Maybe the question could be reworded a bit.
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Level 90
Aug 15, 2020
When Hong Kong reverted to China at midnight June 30/July 1 Hong Kong time, it was still June 30th in the US :)
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2018
Why do Apple and Steve Jobs get credit for inventing things that were already around? I had a cell phone with camera, internet, texting, GPS, everything the first iPhone had, before it came out. Touchscreen laptops (iPads) were around, I believe pre-2000. MP3 players before iPods. The great contribution Apple made was forcing you to be tied to the internet and an account for everything you do so they can constantly sell advertising "to improve your experience". Now EVERYONE does it. An "app"(lication), that is an .exe - a program stored on your computer, is exactly what we always avoided from websites for good reasons. It's so much easier and faster for your machine to just go to a website and not store tons of data mining programs on your computer. #&@% Apple's one and only innovation.
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
In some ways I agree with this cranky rant, but also, c'mon... Ford didn't invent the automobile, Edison didn't invent the light bulb, Apple didn't invent the smartphone. What they all did was make a version that was good enough for people to actually use in large numbers. No one cares about whatever crappy palm pilot you were using :)
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Level 83
Aug 17, 2020
I forgot all about this. Plus Apple rakes people over the coal$ for the same thing as other companies, but with more backdoor stuff running all the time.
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Level 33
Sep 20, 2019
I know this a is morealess a random happenings quiz but really nothing on the invasion of the USSR, definitely one of the more major happening in June particularly given how many people would be killed.
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2021
Events in June comprise 1/12 of all events that have ever happened in human history. It's absurd to complain that something specific didn't make the list; it should be obvious that this quiz is neither comprehensive nor commentary on relative "importance".
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Level 71
Aug 15, 2020
On this quiz, https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/january-happenings-quiz, Anne Boleyn's surname isn't required - what's Jetpunk policy on this? Personally I think it should be required, I'm just wondering for the sake of consistency.
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
The official type-in no longer requires the last name. Our policy is that royals are referred to only by their first name.
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Level 64
Sep 22, 2020
"Juneteeth"? I'd see a dentist about that if I were you.
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Level 57
Apr 6, 2021
I don't know, I think D-Day is better for june 6
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Level 66
Jun 1, 2021
I'm absolutely insulted that my birthday isn't on this list. Probably one of the most important things that has ever happened to humanity!
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Level 66
Jun 1, 2021
I typed in "D-Day" before even looking at the answers and was surprised to see it isn't here. But Tetris is pretty great too.
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Level 31
Jun 1, 2021
I got them all right on the first try because I'M THE WIZ AND NOOOOOOOOOOOBODY BEATS ME
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Level 74
Jun 1, 2021
Could we please accept "marriage equality" along with "same-sex marriage" and "gay marriage" since in reality, that's what the supreme court declared? It's not a separate form of marriage but an inclusion of all couples into existing marriage law. Thanks!
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2021
QM - "Juneteeth" is misspelled. Should be "Juneteenth".
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Level 51
Jun 7, 2021
A fire? At a sea parks?