June 25 1950: The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
Photo: A grief stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea. August 28, 1950. (Sfc. Al Chang. U.S. Army)
June 16 1978: Universal Pictures releases Jaws 2 nationwide. The film’s advertising tagline “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…” becomes one of the most famous and popular taglines in motion picture history. Andrew J. Kuehn, who developed the first film’s trailer (Jaws), is credited with coining the phrase. The blurb is still frequently spoofed and referenced in social vernacular to this day.
June 4 - 5 1989: The Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army, with at least 241 dead.
Photo: Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. As the lead tank maneuvered to pass by the man, he repeatedly shifted his position in order to obstruct the tank’s attempted path around him. The incident was filmed and seen worldwide and is considered one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. (Jeff Widener / Associated Press)
June 4 1939: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.
The event was the subject of a 1974 book, Voyage of the Damned, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. It was adapted for a 1976 U.S. film of the same title and a 1994 opera titled St. Louis Blues by Chiel Meijering.