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  19th June 1865: Juneteenth is established when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, are informed of their freedom

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3 which informed the enslaved African Americans of their ...
  Scott Allsop author

  17th June 1775: Battle of Bunker Hill fought during the early stages of the American Revolutionary War

While the Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a British victory and the successful capture of the hill, it came the cost of 1,000 casualties that included many ...
  Scott Allsop author

  14th June 1900: Anglo-German naval arms race triggered by the Second German Naval Law to double the size of the fleet

The enactment of the Second Naval Law represented an ambitious plan to double the size of the German fleet, but with the British Royal Navy having long been the world’s dominant maritime force Germany’s naval expansion was perceived as a direct challen...
  Scott Allsop author

  12th June 1817: Karl Drais makes the first recorded journey on the forerunner of the bicycle, known as the Laufmaschine or ‘dandy horse’

Drais’ Laufmaschine, which translates as ‘running machine’ featured two wheels mounted on a wooden frame and a steering mechanism controlled by ...
  Scott Allsop author

  11th June 1962: Three inmates escape from the maximum-security Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary and are never seen again

Once outside the prison walls, the three men inflated a homemade raft with a modified accordion and launched it into San Francisco ...
  Scott Allsop author

  9th June 747: Abbasid Revolution begins, which overthrows the Umayyad Caliphate

The Abbasid Revolution gained momentum thanks to the leadership of Abu Muslim al-Khurasani, a Persian revolutionary who rallied support for the Abbasid cause in the eastern provinces of the ...
  Scott Allsop author

  6th June 1933: Worlds first drive-in theatre opens in Camden County, New Jersey

Richard M. Hollingshead Jr.'s ‘Automobile Movie Theatre’ opened on a 400-acre plot of land on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Pennsauken Township, and could accommodate 400 cars parked on ramps facing a 40 foot by 50 foot ...
  Scott Allsop author

  3rd June 1943: Zoot Suit Riots erupt in Los Angeles, California, during the Second World War

The riots began on the night of 3 June, 1943, when a group of sailors on shore leave clashed with Mexican American youths in downtown Los ...
  Scott Allsop author

  30th May 1911: Indianapolis 500 automobile race takes place for the first time

Ray Harroun secured victory with a time of 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 8 seconds, averaging a speed of 74.59 miles per ...
  Scott Allsop author

  27th May 1942: Reinhard Heydrich fatally injured in an assassination attempt in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Heydrich's death triggered brutal reprisals from the Nazis against the Czechoslovakian people, including the complete destruction of the village of Lidice and the massacre of its ...
  Scott Allsop author