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June in History

Events Quiz

  1. In the early-morning hours of which date in June did the D-Day amphibious landings begin?
  2. Which king set his seal to the Magna Carta in 1215?
  3. On June 3, 1937, the Duke of Windsor married which American socialite in Monts, France?
  4. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded on June 5, 1968, while leaving the Hotel Ambassador in which city?

  5. In which year did the Chinese government order its troops to fire on unarmed protesters in Tiananmen Square?
  6. On June 16, 1963, who became the first woman in space?
  7. During World War II, which European city was liberated by the U.S. 5th Army on June 4, 1944?
  8. On June 18, 1812, the U.S. Senate voted to declare war against which country?
  9. Which battle was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815?
  10. On June 5, 1783, in which country did the first sustained flight occur as a hot-air balloon was launched to about 6,000 feet?
  11. On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in which New York Prison for providing atomic bomb information to the Soviet Union?
  12. Soviet Russia began a blockade of where on June 24, 1948?
  13. On June 9, 1898, the British signed a lease for Hong Kong lasting how many years?
  14. Who led 250 men to their deaths on June 25, 1876?
  15. On June 12, 1898, which country declared their independence from Spain?
  16. On June 14, 1922, which U.S. President became the first to broadcast a message over the radio?
  17. Which war began on June 25, 1950?
  18. What was the name of the complex of building in which a burglary took place on June 17, 1972?
  19. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in which city?
  20. The Battle of Dettingen took place on 27 June 1743 and was the last time a reigning British monarch led his troops into battle? Who was this king?
  21. In June, 1944, the first V1 flying bomb was dropped on London. What other names were given to these bombs?
  22. In June, 1756, over 140 British subjects were imprisoned in a cell measuring only 5.4m by 4.2m. What name was given to this cell?
  23. What was officially opened on 30 June, 1894, by The Prince of Wales before seeing the bascules raised?


  1. June 6 (it was called Operation Overlord)
  2. King John (June 15, 1215)
  3. Wallis Warfield Simpson, or Mrs Simpson
  4. Los Angeles
  5. 1989 (June 4, 1989)
  6. Valentina Tereshkova
  7. Rome
  8. Great Britain
  9. The Battle of Waterloo
  10. France (by brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier)
  11. Sing Sing Prison
  12. Berlin
  13. 99-years
  14. General George A. Custer (who attacked an encampment of Sioux Indians near Little Bighorn River in Montana)
  15. Philippines
  16. Warren G. Harding
  17. Korean War
  18. Watergate (in Washington, D.C.)
  19. Sarajevo
  20. George II
  21. Doodle bugs
  22. The Black Hole of Calcutta (only 23 out of the 140 came out alive)
  23. Tower Bridge