• James Forbes was one of Bermuda’s most skilled 19th century pilots. A free man by 1824, ten years before emancipation, he was a King’s pilot, eventually becoming warden of the King’s pilots. He died in June 1842.
  • Formed in June 1959 by 19 young activists, the Progressive Group protested against racial segregation throughout Bermuda by organizing in secret a non-violent boycott of Bermuda’s movie theatres. They began the boycott in mid-June and by June 23, the theatres were forced to close. A week later, theatre owners announced an ending to segregated seating. Soon after, schools, churches, restaurants and hotels also ended their segregation policies.
  • When the tall ships began their race from Bermuda to Newport RI in June 1976, two of the world’s largest sailing ships collided. Losing 60 feet off the top of her 180‐foot foremast, the Spanish naval training vessel Juan Sebastian de Elcano was forced to withdraw. However, the Libertad, the 345‐foot Argentinian full‐rigged vessel, was able to continue although her mainsail and mizzen were ripped by the Elcano’s bowsprit.
  • In 1984 the Marques, a bark used to portray the H.M.S. Beagle in the BBC series “The Voyage of Charles Darwin”, won the tall ships’ race from Puerto Rico to Bermuda. However, tragedy struck on June 3 after she had begun the race from Bermuda to Halifax. Running into a gale in the early hours of the morning, she was hit by a wave and sank. 19 of her 28 crew were lost.
  • On June 4, 1940, after the Battle of France had been lost, the evacuation of over 330,000 Allied troops stranded in the French port of Dunkirk was completed. On this day Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons: “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
  • On 6 June 1944 the Normandy landings, known as D-Day, began the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches by troops from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries during World War II. The invasion, at the time the largest naval, air and land operation in history, led to the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was first published in the UK on 26 June 1997. It had a first printing of 500 copies. Entitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US, it has since sold over 120 million copies and has been translated into at least 73 other languages.