On This Day In History, 16 June


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World Events Today

  • The Russian cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova became the first woman in space today in 1963
  • Oracle Corporation, the American multinational computer technology group that sells database software and technology, was founded today in 1977
  • The British Labour Party politician Jo Cox, who served as the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, was murdered today in 2016

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Monterey International Pop Music Festival, a 3-day concert that started today in California in 1967, was considered the beginning of the “Summer of Love”
  • Björn Borg won the French Men’s Singles Open today in 1974, it was the first of 11 career Grand Slam titles for the Swedish tennis playing legend
  • The romantic musical comedy movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was released today in 1978

Family Events Today

  • The legendary Apache, Geronimo, “the one who yawns”, was born today in 1829 in New Mexico (which was part of Mexico at the time)
  • Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as the English comic actor Stan Laurel, one half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy film duo, was born today in 1890 in Lancashire
  • The English comic actor Charlie Chaplin, star of many silent movies, married Oona O’Neill today in 1943, he was aged 54 and she was aged 18

Main Event Today

  • The Ford Motor Company, the American multinational automaker, was founded today in 1903 by Henry Ford

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Fudge Day

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