June 19, 1978 – Garfield, the lazy cat makes his debut

The first Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis appeared in 41 newspapers on that day. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.

June 20, 1975 – The film Jaws is premiered

Steven Spielberg's thriller about a rogue great white shark terrorising a summer resort town is often regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

June 21, 1895 – The Kiel Canal is opened by German Emperor Wilhelm II

The 98 km (61 mi) long canal in Northern Germany is one of the world's busiest artificial waterways. It connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea.

June 22, 1941 – Germany invades the Soviet Union

The initially successful attack soon proved a disaster for the Germans as wintry conditions and fierce Soviet resistance caused massive losses and ultimately forced them to retreat.

June 23, 1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty start their record-breaking flight around the world

The American-Australian team was the first to circumnavigate the planet in a single-engine plane. They took nearly two weeks less than the previous record holder, the German airship Graf Zeppelin.

June 24, 1948 – The Berlin Blockade begins

In reaction to the currency reform in West Germany, the Soviet Union blocked all access to West Berlin. It was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War.

June 25, 1910 – Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird is premiered

The work was performed by Sergei Diaghilev's legendary ballet company Ballets Russes. It was a huge success, catapulting Stravinsky to stardom.