On this day June 4-10, 2023 (week 23) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day June 4-10, 2023 (week 23)

June 4, 2023 - June 10, 2023 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features Henry Ford, Queen Elizabeth II, the first drive-in cinema in the U.S., Willy Brandt of West Germany visiting Israel, Luis Carrero Blanco becoming prime minister of Spain, the first flight across the Pacific Ocean, and the ballpoint pen.

June 4, 1896: Henry Ford test drove his first car, the quadricycle, in Detroit. The vehicle had a simple frame fitted with a gas-powered engine and four bicycle wheels

June 5, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II made her last ever appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70 year-reign

June 5, 1933: The first drive-in cinema opened in the U.S., with space for 500 cars. Their popularity peaked in the 1950s and 60s, with 4,000 drive-ins across the country

June 7, 1973: Willy Brandt became the first leader of West Germany to visit Israel. The two countries had re-established diplomatic relations in 1965

June 8, 1973: General Francisco Franco appointed Luis Carrero Blanco as prime minister of Spain after ruling alone for 34 years. Franco remained as head of state

June 9, 1928: Australian aviators Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm completed the first flight across the Pacific Ocean, from California to Brisbane

June 10, 1943: Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen, consisting of a ball that turned freely in a socket and deposited smudge-free ink

PUBLISHED: 22/05/2023; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom