• On June 22, 1611, the starving crew of the Discovery mutinies against its captain, English navigator Henry Hudson, and sets him, his teenage son and seven supporters adrift in a small, open boat in Hudson Bay. The castaways were never seen again.
• On June 20, 1782, Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States after six years of discussion. The front of the seal depicts a bald eagle clutching an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left, with a shield marked with 13 vertical red and white stripes on its breast.
• On June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler- Motoren-Gesellschaft registers “Mercedes” as a brand name. A three-point star was registered as a trademark in 1909 and used on all Mercedes vehicles after 1910.
• On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin. Panic set in as its population worried about food, water and medical aid. Just two days later, the United States began a massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin.
• On June 21, 1965, the Byrds’ debut album, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” is released and marks the beginning of the folk-rock revolution. In just a few months, the Byrds had become a household name.
• On June 18, 1983, the space shuttle Challenger is launched on its second mission. Aboard the shuttle was Dr. Sally Ride, who as a mission specialist became the first American woman to travel into space. Ride, an astrophysicist from Stanford University, operated the shuttle’s robot arm, which she had helped design.
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