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,…

    5 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…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 6, 1968

    Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

    Not long after midnight on June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) was shot and mortally wounded in…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 6, 1944

    The 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…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 7, 2018

    Mars Mission Science Results

    NASA scientists announced the latest scientific discovery from the space agency’s Mars rover. Named…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 7, 1942

    The Battle of Midway

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

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 12, 1929

    Anne Frank

    On June 12, 1929 Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt Germany. With the rise of Adolf Hitler in power, an…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 14, 1777

    Flag Day

    June 14th, 1777 marks the day that the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. In…

    6 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

    Watergate Break-In

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

    9 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 19, 1953

    Spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed

    On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage. They had…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 19, 1865


    On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX and announced the end of the Civil War and slavery.…

    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 23, 1972

    The Passage of Title IX

    On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX…

    8 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…

    10 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 26, 2015

    Obergefell v. Hodges Decided

    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges by a 5–4 decision that…

    2 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 28, 1969

    The Stonewall Riots

    The Stonewall riots were six days of spontaneous protests by members of the gay community following a police…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageJune 28, 1919

    Treaty of Versailles

    The Treaty of Versailles was the peace agreement signed after World War I on June 28th, 1919. The treaty was…

    6 Video Clips