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JUNE

1 June, 1926

Birth of iconic film star Marilyn Monroe


2 June, 1953

Elizabeth II is crowned


3 June, 1906

Birth of Josephine Baker, actress, singer, dancer and civil rights activist- the first African American woman to star in a major film or gain worldwide fame as an entertainer.


June 4, 1913

Emily Davison, a  militant suffragette, runs onto the track at the Epsom Derby. She attempted to tie a sash emblazoned with the colours of the British suffragette movement to the King's horse, drawing attention to the movement, but was trampled to death.


June 10, 1692

Bridget Bishop is the first person hanged in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts


June 12, 1902

Women are granted the right to vote and stand for election for Australian Parliament on the same basis as men, however this excluded Indigenous people in some states. 


June 15, 1921

Bessie Coleman receives her pilot's license- the first African American woman to do so and the first American of any race or gender to receive international accreditation from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.


June 16, 1963

Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space when she pilots Vostok 6.


June 16, 2012

Pilot and astronaut Liu Yang becomes the first Chinese woman in space as a crew member of the Shenzhou 9 mission.


June 21, 1997

Women's National Basketball Association begins its first season in the US. 


June 25, 1947

The Diary of Anne Frank is published