Today in History: June 16th


Some of the historical events that took place on June 16th, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 General Motors announces the recall of almost 3.4 additional vehicles for safety issues, bringing the current year recall total to almost 6 million; GM CEO Mary Barra has been keeping the U.S. Congress informed of the company’s corrective actions

2014 The U.S. may cooperate with Iran in identifying options to address the violence in Iraq, though such options would not include military aid; President Barack Obama has sent 257 troops to Baghdad to provide additional security for the U.S. embassy

2013 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announces that online scams cost Australians of AU$93 million in 2012

2013 Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders in Vatican Square; the riders were celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary with a parade

2012 After a classified 469-day orbital mission, the U.S. air force’s robotic Boeing X-37-B spaceplane returns to Earth

2012 Egypt’s voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in their first presidential election

2011 Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to service in the Afghan War

2011 The auction record for paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer were broken twice within minutes at Sotheby’s in London

2010 In response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, BP agrees to finance a $20 billion fund to compensate those whose livelihood has been damaged