June 03

This Day in History

1991

Pyroclastic Lava Flow Kills Volcanologists

On this day in 1991, French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft died in a pyroclastic lava flow on Mount Unzen, Japan. The day before his death, Maurice said in a National Geographic video, "I am … (more...)

1989

Crackdown at Tiananmen begins

With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing's Tiananmen Square at all costs. By nightfall on June 4, … (more...)