1st June 1265
The Italian Poet, Dante Alighieri, is born. 750 years.
1st June 1495
First record of Scotch whisky being commissioned from Friar John Cor. 520 years.
2nd June 1665
James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft. 350 years.
5th June 1975
The UK holds its first country-wide referendum, on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC). 40 years.
7th June 1940
King Haakon VII of Norway, Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government leave Tromsø and go into exile in London. 75 years.
9th June 1975
The first live transmission from the House of Commons is broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations. 40 years.
12th June 1890
Egon Schiele, one of the major figurative painters of the early 20th century, is born. 125 years.
13th June 2005
Pop star Michael Jackson is found not guilty of all charges after a four-month-long child abuse trial. 10 years.
14th June 1945
Jörg Immendorff, German painter and sculptor, is born. 70 years
15th June 1215
King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta. 800 years.
16th June 1915
Foundation of the British Women's Institute. 100 years.
16th June 1960
New York premiere of Hitchcock's Psycho. 55 years.
18th June 1815
The Battle of Waterloo, fought in present-day Belgium. 200 years.
18th June 1945
William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II. 70 years.
18th June 1940
"Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill. 75 years.
25th June 1950
The Korean War begins. 65 years.
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