On This Day In History

Our "On This Day in History" section of the website is designed to provide teachers with video resources to help students better understand significant events throughout U.S. history.

Each event features several short video clips that help set the stage by providing context through archival footage and witness testimony (where available), utilizing C-SPAN's unique access to historical newsreels, vignettes, oral history, and expert analysis.

As one of the most recent additions to our site, this area will continue to develop each month. If you or your students have suggestions for key moments in history that are not currently represented, please email us at educate@c-span.org.

  • Document ImageJune 2, 1692

    Salem Witch Trials

    During the years 1692-1693, people in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were accused of witchcraft. Subsequently,…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 4, 1989

    Tiananmen Square

    In the spring of 1989, there were a series of student-led protests throughout China involving individuals who were…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 6, 1944

    WWII's D-Day Invasion

    June 6 marks the anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. On June 6, 1944, 160,000…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 7, 2017

    The end of the Battle of Midway- World War II

    After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Navy and the United States Navy faced off…

    2 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta was drafted by a group of barons who joined together for protection of their property and rights…

    9 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 17, 1972


    On June 17, 1972, there was a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) offices in Washington,…

    9 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 19, 1953

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Spy Ring

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in 1950 for conspiracy to commit espionage. They were accused of…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 19, 2016


    Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. In June 1865, Union…

    2 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 20, 1893

    Lizzie Borden Murder Case

    Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered with a hatchet in their home in Fall River, MA on Thursday, August 4,…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 25, 1950

    Korean War

    On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces surprised the South Korean army by invading and advancing towards the…

    9 Video Clips