June 16th

2010
The world's first country-wide total tobacco ban goes into effect. Bhutan banned the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products. It is still legal in the South Asian country to smoke in a private setting, but obtaining tobacco products legally is close to impossible.
List of smoking bans
2004
The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.
Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda link allegations
2000
Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 425
1996
Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.
Russian presidential election, 1996
1976
South African police kill hundreds of protesting school children. An estimated 20,000 youth were protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as the languages of instruction in their schools when police officers started firing into the crowd. The “Soweto uprising” is today commemorated on Youth Day each year.
Soweto uprising
1967
The Monterey Pop Festival opens. The three-day concert event featured historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin.
Monterey Pop Festival
1963
Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space. The Soviet cosmonaut completed 48 orbits on board the spaceship “Vostok 6” before returning safely to Earth. The former textile worker was declared “Hero of the Soviet Union” and received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.
Valentina Tereshkova
1960
Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho is premiered. The horror-thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles has become one of the classics of the genre. The shower scene is one of the best-known murder scenes in the history of film.
Psycho (1960 film)
1935
US Congress accepts FDR's "New Deal".
New Deal
1933
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
National Industrial Recovery Act
1904
Events in James Joyce's novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
Bloomsday
1880
Salvation Army forms in London.
The Salvation Army
1858
Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate.
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech
1487
The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.
Battle of Stoke Field