The Month of June in History

By Mickey Dunaway | Reprinted with Permission by Limitlesss Magazine | Cornelius, NC

The Pub Quiz Version

This Month in History is in the form of a TMIH Pub Quiz using the 650 words allowed by my editor! Hope you have some fun!  Some are serious. Some are ironic. Some silly, and some that fall in the category of “Say What?” 

These factoids are taken from:


Q1. June 1, 1938.              This D.C. Comics superhero appears for the first time in 

Q2. June 2, 1924              On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln freed all slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. However, it was not until 1924 that Congress passed the Citizenship Act for this group of Americans. I bet you are as surprised as I am!

Q3. June 3, 1937               This action by England’s King Edward VIII in 1937 could be taken from today’s headlines

Q4. June 4, 1919               The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by Congress and ratified by the states on August 18, 1920.

Q5. June 6, 1944              Operation Overlord took place with Allied casualties of least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

Q6. June 9, 1973              Horse racing’s Triple Crown was won by a horse who would be called “Administrative Assistant” in today’s PC world.

Q7. June 11, 2009            the WHO declared a global pandemic for this disease. And you thought COVID was your first pandemic!

Q8. June 13, 1966            The Supreme Court declared that a defendant has these rights on arrest: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

Interestingly the UK version dating to the 17th century is very similar: “You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

Q9. June 14, 1954            President Eisenhower signed a bill to add these words to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

Q10. June 17, 1885          A French gift to the United States arrives in New York City

Q11. June 19, 1923           Walls of lava one mile wide descended from this volcano and swallowed the town of Lingauglossa

Q12. June 20, 1975          After the movie was released, millions “did not go back in the water.” 

Q13. June 22, 1970          President Nixon signed this voting rights bill.

Q14. June 24, 1948          Soviets blockade this city. 

Q15. June 25, 1876           The forces of this U.S. Army General (known for his long blond hair) lost at this battle 

Q16. June 26, 1945          Fifty nations signed this United Nations Charter to help stop another World War.

Q17. June 28, 1919          Germany signed this treaty ending WWI, and many historians would argue it lead directly to the beginning of WWII

Q18. June 28, 1997          This boxer bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Q19. June 29, 1956          Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an act to create 41,000 miles of Interstate Highways for this purpose.

Q20. June 30, 1997         The sport of quidditch was invented 


The answers are found below. I hope you had some fun!


A1. 1938 Superman appears. | A2. The Indian Citizenship Act. | A3. Marries Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee. | A4. Women’s right to vote. | A5. D-Day began the liberation of France. | A6. Secretariat. | A7. H1N1 influenza strain, referred to as “swine flu.” | A8. Miranda rights. | A9. “under God.” |A10. The Statue of Liberty. |A11. Mount Etna. | A12. Jaws. | A13. Lowered the official voting age to 18. | A14. West Berlin. | A15. Battle of the Little Bighorn. | A16. United Nations Charter. | A17. Treaty of Versailles. | A18. Mike Tyson. | A19. National Defense—the ability to move equipment—in time of war. | A20. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” was released in the United Kingdom.

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