On this day, June 1: the Nepalese royal family massacred by the crown prince
At this date in history:
In 1880, the first public pay telephone was put into service in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became Prime Minister of France with emergency powers in the midst of the collapse of the Fourth Republic. He was elected President of France at the end of the year amid the rise of the Fifth Republic.
In 1962, Israel hanged Adolf Eichmann for his role in the murder of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II.
In 1964, the United States Supreme Court banned prayer and Bible teaching in public schools on constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.
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In 1968, Helen Keller, a world-renowned author and speaker, although blind and deaf from an early age, died in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 87.
In 1973 Prime Minister George Papadopoulos abolished the Greek monarchy and proclaimed Greece a republic with himself as president.
In 1980, the Cable News Network – CNN – the first fully-featured television news service was broadcast.
In 1993, President Jorge Serrano Elias of Guatemala was ousted by the military.
In 1997, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was injured when her 12-year-old grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, set her apartment on fire. She died almost a month later.
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In 1997, teacher Jonathan Levin, son of then-Time Warner president Gerald Levin, was tortured and killed by a former student who knew he was rich and was looking for money. The student, Corey Arthur, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in life. His alleged accomplice, Montoun Hart, was acquitted despite an 11-page signed confession.
In 2001, Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev massacred nine members of his family, including his parents, King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya; his siblings, Prince Nirajan and Princess Shruti; and aunts and uncles Prince Dhirendra, Princess Shanti, Princess Sharada, Kumar Khadga and Princess Jayanti. Dipendra also shot himself in the head, but first survived and served as king for four days before dying.
In 2008, a fire at Universal Studios Hollywood burned down two city blocks and destroyed iconic film sets, including those of When Harry meets Sally, the sting and Back to the future.
In 2009, Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people on board.
In 2015, the Eastern Star, a passenger ship traveling along the Yangtze River from the eastern city of Nanjing, tipped over in a severe storm, killing around 400 people.
In 2020, law enforcement officials evacuated protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House using tear gas and other tactics to allow President Donald Trump to visit St. John’s Episcopal Church to pose for a photo while holding a Bible. The photoshoot took place amid protests against the police murder of George Floyd which caused damage to the church.
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