110 years ago
The flag of Sweden was adopted.
75 years ago
Died on this date
Pat Harrison, 59. U.S. politician. Mr. Harrison, a Democrat, represented Mississippi's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives from 1911-1919 and represented Mississippi in the United States Senate from 1919 until his death. He had been a member of the Senate Finance Committee since 1933 and President pro tempore of the Senate since January 6, 1941.
German forces, aided by Romanian forces on the Bessarabian front, invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Italy also declared war on the U.S.S.R. John T. Flynn of the America First Committee asked, "Are we going to fight to make Europe safe for Communism?"
The June Uprising in Lithuania against the U.S.S.R. began.
U.S. Marines secretly sailed for Iceland.
Frank Parker defeated Bobby Riggs to win the U.S. clay court championship in Chicago.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (5th week at #1)
At the Nuremberg trial of accused Nazi war criminals, former German Foreign Minister Constantin von Neurath declared that the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations were responsible for World War II.
At the request of U.S. authorities, the U.S.S.R. withdrew its consul from Seoul.
Returning from Korea, U.S. Reparations Commissioner Edwin Pauley reported to U.S. President Harry Truman that "Communism in Korea could get off to a better start than practically anywhere else in the world," and warned that "the U.S. should not waive its...claim to Japanese assets located in Korea until a democratic form of government is assured."
Representatives of the American republics signed a convention for uniform copyright protection of literary, scientific, and artistic works.
Politics and government
The Italian cabinet formally abolished the Senate, whose members had been appointed by the King for life.
Indian National Congress Party leader Jawaharlal Nehru returned to New Delhi after his release by Kashmiri authorities, following strikes and disturbances in Bombay, Calcutta, and other Indian cities.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index had risen 0.5% in the month ending May 15 to reach 131.5% of the 1935-1939 index. U.S. Stabilization Director Chester Bowles forecast an increase in meat supplies within six months and alleviation of bread shortages within 30 days.
A syndicate including Bill Veeck and entertainer Bob Hope bought the Cleveland Indians of major league baseball's American League.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'll Be Home--Pat Boone (2nd week at #1)
The United States detonated a missile-borne hydrogen bomb at an altitude of 22,000 feet in its Pacific testing area.
Politics and government
In a plebiscite in Egypt, voters overwhelmingly approved Gamal Abdel Nasser as President of Egypt, and voted in favour of a new constitution.
Parliamentary elections in Iceland resulted in victory for the Social Democratic-Progressive coalition, which opposed Icelandic affiliation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Peruvian authorities declared industrialist Manuel Prado y Ugareche winner of the closest presidential election in the country's history.
The U.S. Social Security Administration reversed a Department of Health, Education and Welfare order denying social security benefits to employees of the Communist Party U.S.A.
The University of Chicago announced plans to begin a student exchange the following year with Moscow University.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr. (5th week at #1)
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Sailing Away--All of Us (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Touch Me (I Want Your Body)--Samantha Fox (2nd week at #1)
World Cup @ Mexico City
Argentina 2 England 1
Diego Maradona scored both goals for Argentina, but on his second goal, he seemed to punch the ball into the net rather than heading it in, but it was conveniently missed by the referee. When asked about the play later, Mr. Maradona said, "It was the hand of God."
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata ni aete yokatta--Kyoko Koizumi (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El 7 de Septiembre--Mecano (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Senza una donna--Zucchero & Paul Young (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (9th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)--Crystal Waters
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I Wanna Sex You Up--Color Me Badd (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
2 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
3 More than Words—Extreme
4 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Power of Love/Love Power—Luther Vandross
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
10 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five
Singles entering the chart were Crazy by Seal (#79); Only Time Will Tell by Nelson (#82); Nights Like This by After 7 (#84); Surrender by Trixter (#87); Can You Stop the Rain by Peabo Bryson (#88); Hard to Handle by the Black Crowes (#89); and Learning to Fly by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words—Extreme (3rd week at #1)
2 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
3 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
4 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
5 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
9 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
10 Part of You, Part of Me—Glenn Frey
Singles entering the chart were Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave) by Roxette (#53); Let Her Go by Gregory Hoskins (#72); Rebel Heart by Rod Stewart (#75); The Other Side of Summer by Elvis Costello (#78); Seeing Things by the Black Crowes (#82); Cry to Me by Darby Mills (#88) Blood on the Bricks by Aldo Nova (#89); After the Rain by Blue Rodeo (#90); Someone by the Rembrandts (#95); and Runaround by Glen Stace (#96).
In the annual entry draft, the Quebec Nordiques selected centre Eric Lindros of the Oshawa Generals as the first overall choice; he had indicated in advance that he had no intention of playing for the Nordiques.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Fable--Robert Miles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Macarena--Los Del Rio (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Con te partirò--Andrea Bocelli (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (6th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (5th week at #1)
2 You're Makin' Me High/Let it Flow--Toni Braxton
3 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
4 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
5 You're the One--SWV
6 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
7 Theme from Mission: Impossible--Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
8 Sweet Dreams--La Bouche
9 Why I Love You So Much--Monica
10 Fastlove--George Michael
Singles entering the chart were Let it Flow; and How Do U Want It/California Love by 2Pac (featuring KC & JoJo)/(featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman) (#52).
10 years ago
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a formal apology and $20,000 compensation to survivors or spouses for the head tax which had been applied to Chinese immigrants between 1885-1923. Mr. Harper's politically correct grovelling was one of the acts which permanently lost his "Conservative" party my vote.
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