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June 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, June 1, 1980, CNN made its debut as the first 24-hour news channel?

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June 1st celebrates Say Something Nice Day and Dare Day.

Welcome to the very first day of June. Today marks the 153rd day of the year.

There were so many incredible events that all fell on the first day of June in years gone by including royalty events, business, sports and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1980, CNN made its debut as the first 24-hour news channel? It was also the first news only television channel in the US.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about June 1st in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on June 1 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2011

NASA’s Endeavour Space Shuttle landed for its 25th and final time.

Mission STS-134 was meant to be the final Space Shuttle Mission, but another mission was later added at the last minute and flown by the Atlantis Space Shuttle. During the Endeavour’s lifetime, it spent 299 days in space, flying a total of 122,883,151 miles (197,761,262 km).

2009

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

OTD in 2009: General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code permits reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the US.

1994

South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations after ending Apartheid.

1980

CNN made its debut as the first 24-hour news channel.

1974

The Heimlich Maneuver was published in an article for the first time.

The life-saving maneuver to rescue choking victims was invented by Henry Heimlich, the technique’s namesake.

1951

The European Union expanded the 1951 Stresa Convention.

This change made it illegal for others to imitate cheeses already named. It was the first time union states joined together to agree on the names of cheeses.

1946

Ion Antonescu, Romania’s dictatorial World War II leader, was executed by firing squad.

1917

Baseball and war hero Hank Gowdy became the first player to enlist in the US Army during World War II.

1880

The first payphone went into service in the US.

OTD in 1880: The first payphone went into service in the US.

Phone calls were paid for by handing over cash to an attendant. The first coin-operated payphone wouldn’t come into existence for another nine years!

1874

The Philadelphia Zoo opened. At the time, it was the only zoo in the “New World.”

The zoo opened with 1,000 animals, and admission was 25 cents!

1843

Anti Slavery activist Isabella Baumfree became a Methodist and changed her name to Sojourner Truth.

She chose the name after being approached by God, who advised her to spread the truth about slavery.

1815

Napoleon I undertook a ceremony to make his authority officially recognized.

1796

Tennessee became the 16th state to join the United States of America.

1792

Kentucky became the 15th state to join the United States of America.

OTD in 1792: Kentucky became the 15th state to join the United States of America.

1670

Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France signed the Secret Treaty of Dover.

As a part of the treaty’s terms, Charles II was to convert to the Roman Catholic Church and send troops and ships to France’s aid in its war against the Dutch Republic. In return, Charles II received a yearly pension from France and a promise of aid if he was faced with a rebellion.

1533

Anne Boleyn was crowned the Queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Tom Holland? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1996

Tom Holland

English

Actor

Tom Holland

Age:

27 years old

Born In:

England, UK

1926

Marilyn Monroe

American

Actress

Marilyn Monroe

Died On:

Aug 4, 1962 (Age 36)

Born In:

California, USA

1937

Morgan Freeman

American

Actor

Morgan Freeman

Age:

86 years old

Born In:

Tennessee, USA

1973

Heidi Klum

German-American

Model

Heidi Klum

Age:

50 years old

Born In:

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

1981

Amy Schumer

American

Comedian

Amy Schumer

Age:

42 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1977

Sarah Wayne Callies

American

Actress

Sarah Wayne Callies

Age:

46 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, June 1st has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1880

1968

Helen Keller

American

Author

Helen Keller

1880

1968

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an American author born on June 27, 1880. She died on this day in 1968, at age 87 in Easton, Connecticut, USA.

Died On:

Jun 1, 1968 (Age 87)

Died In:

Connecticut, USA

1936

2008

Yves Saint Laurent

French

Fashion Designer

Yves Saint Laurent

1936

2008

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer born on August 1, 1936. He died on this day in 2008, at age 71 in Paris, France.

Died On:

Jun 1, 2008 (Age 71)

Died In:

Paris, France

Quotes

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on June 1st.

2013

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American Memoirist

2005

Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

1969

If everyone demanded peace instead of another TV set, we’d have peace.

John Lennon

John Lennon

English Singer

Special Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

June 1: National Say Something Nice Day
United States

National Say Something Nice Day

You’re amazing, you are simply fabulous, you wonderful person, you’ll achieve anything! If you hadn’t guessed it, today is Say Something Nice Day. So why not say lots of nice things to people today. Try it – it’s surprisingly addictive!

June 1: Dare Day
United States

Dare Day

When was the last time you dared a friend to do something? Or got dared to do something yourself? While it can be a little risque, it’s always a hoot! So shake things up today and dare your friends; even if it’s just something small, it’s bound to be a lot of fun.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Fruit stickers are edible, though the same as any fruit, washing before eating is recommended. The FDA regulates the glue used for them.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on June 1st all share the Gemini star sign.

Air is the element given to Gemini, which is quite fitting since Geminis tend to have a way of breezing through life like the wind.

Those of you that were born in June have the Alexandrite birthstone. Alexandrite was named after Alexander II of Russia. The gems red and green colors mirrored the national military colors of imperial Russia.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of September 8th in the previous year.

The due date for babies conceived on June 1, 2024, is around February 22, 2025.

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