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On This Day in History, June 16

What Happened On This Day – June 16

  • 2010 The world's first country-wide total tobacco ban goes into effect

    Bhutan banned the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products. It is still legal in the South Asian country to smoke in a private setting, but obtaining tobacco products legally is close to impossible.

  • 1976 South African police kill hundreds of protesting schoolchildren

    An estimated 20,000 youth were protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as the languages of instruction in their schools when police officers started firing into the crowd. The “Soweto uprising” is today commemorated on Youth Day each year.

  • 1967 The Monterey Pop Festival opens

    The three-day concert event featured historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin.

  • 1963 Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space

    The Soviet cosmonaut completed 48 orbits on board the spaceship “Vostok 6” before returning safely to Earth. The former textile worker was declared “Hero of the Soviet Union” and received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.

  • 1960 Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho is premiered

    The horror-thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles has become one of the classics of the genre. The shower scene is one of the best-known murder scenes in the history of film.

Births On This Day – June 16

  • 1971 Tupac Shakur

    American rapper, producer, actor

  • 1912 Enoch Powell

    British politician

  • 1890 Stan Laurel

    English actor, comedian

  • 1882 Mohammad Mosaddegh

    Iranian politician, 60th Prime Minister of Iran

  • 1723 Adam Smith

    Scottish philosopher, economist

Deaths On This Day – June 16

  • 2014 Tony Gwynn

    American baseball player, coach

  • 1993 Lindsay Hassett

    Australian cricketer

  • 1977 Wernher von Braun

    German physicist, engineer

  • 1969 Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis

    English field marshal, 17th Governor General of Canada

  • 1722 John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

    English general, politician

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