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On this day in history - June 1

What Happened On This Day – June 1

  • 2009 Air France flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic

    All 228 people on board died in the crash. It took two years to find and recover the wreckage from the ocean floor.

  • 1979 Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) ends 90 years of white rule

    In 1980, the Republic of Zimbabwe achieved sovereignty from the United Kingdom.

  • 1974 The Heimlich maneuver is published

    Henry Heimlich is credited with developing the technique using abdominal thrusts to stop choking.

  • 1945 The first group of Berlin women start clearing the rubble of World War II

    In Germany, the Trümmerfrauen are a well-known symbol for a new beginning after the total desolation in the aftermath of the war, and for the Wirtschaftswunder, the rapid reconstruction of Germany's economy through hard labor.

  • 1831 The British explorer James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole

    It is the location where the Earth's magnetic field points directly downwards. It lies in the vicinity of the Geographic North Pole.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 1

  • 1982 Justine Henin

    Belgian tennis player

  • 1974 Alanis Morissette

    Canadian/American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress

  • 1937 Morgan Freeman

    American actor, producer

  • 1926 Marilyn Monroe

    American model, actress, singer

  • 1907 Frank Whittle

    English engineer, inventor, developed the jet engine

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
June 1

  • 2008 Yves Saint Laurent

    French fashion designer

  • 1971 Reinhold Niebuhr

    American theologian

  • 1952 John Dewey

    American philosopher, psychologist

  • 1868 James Buchanan

    American politician, 15th President of the United States

  • 1830 Swaminarayan

    Indian religious leader