June 17: First major battle of Revolutionary WarJune 17, 1775, brought the first major battle of the Revolutionary War—and one of its bloodiest. That morning, British General Thomas Gage, occupying Boston, woke up to discover that two hills across the Charles River were covered with patriot troops and fortifications.
June 16: Lincoln accepts nomination for U.S. SenateOn June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave an address in Springfield, Illinois, accepting the state Republican party’s nomination to be its candidate for the U.S. Senate. There he uttered what has become one of the most famous phrases in American history: 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.'
June 9: Secretariat wins the Triple CrownOn June 9, 1973, a racehorse captured the hearts and minds of spectators in the United States and around the world. Secretariat became the first horse since 1948 to win the Triple Crown by winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes in the same year.
June 6: D DayDwight D. Eisenhower once described the Allied Forces assembled in Britain for the D-Day invasion of Northern France as 'a great human spring, coiled for the moment when its energy would be released and it would vault the english channel in the greatest amphibious assault ever attempted.'
June 3: Betsy Ross, American FlagTradition says that the first stars and stripes flag was the work of Betsy Ross, an upholsterer living in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. About June 1776, the 24-year-old widow was working in her shop on Arch Street when three gentlemen called. What happened next was truly historic.