Famous Events on this Day in History, June 15:

763 BC - Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
923 - Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.
1094 - Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren
1184 - King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the battle of Fimreite.
1215 - King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England
1219 - King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark
1219 - Dannebrog - oldest national flag in the world - and flag of Denmark. According to legend, fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse (now Tallinn) in Estonia, and turned the Danes' luck.
1246 - Battle at Leitha: Hungary-Austrian
1246 - With the death of Duke Frederick II, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.
1389 - Battle of Kossovo; Turks defeat Serbs, Bosnians
1567 - Battle at Carberry Scot: Protestant troops beat Earl Bothwells army
1567 - Genoa Italy expels Jews
1580 - Phillip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.
1590 - Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther
1626 - King Charles I disbands English parliament
1643 - Able Tasmania returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania
1664 - NJ established
1741 - Capt Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
1752 - Ben Franklin's performs his kite-flying experiment
1762 - Austria uses 1st paper currency
1775 - George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of American Army
1779 - General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx
1785 - 2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident
1802 - Toussaint L'Ouverture leaves Haiti, prisoner on French ship Héros
1804 - 12th amendment ratified; deals with manner of choosing president
1808 - Jozef Napoleon becomes king of Spain
1808 - Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
1834 - Rioters in Safed Palestine kills many Jews
1836 - Arkansas becomes 25th state
1844 - Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber
1846 - Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
1851 - Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, sets up 1st ice-cream factory
1857 - SF Water Works organized
1859 - Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers.
1860 - 1st White settlement in Idaho (Franklin)
1861 - Johnston evacuates Harpers Ferry
1862 - Gen JEB Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan"
1863 - 2nd battle at Winchester Va, ends in Federal defeat; 1350 casualities
1864 - -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia
1864 - Battle for Petersburg begins as Gen Grant assaults Confederate line
1864 - Capt Mendell begins building 640m long ponton bridge over James R Va
1864 - Congress passes legislation equalizing pay for Black soldiers
1864 - Robert E Lee's home area (Arlington, VA) becomes a military cemetery
1866 - Prussia attacks Austria
1867 - Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode gold mine located in Montana.
1869 - Celluloid patented by John Wesley Hyatt, Albany, NY
1869 - Mike McCoole (US) defeats Tom Allen (England) in bare-knuckle bout
1871 - Phoebe Couzins is 1st woman graduate of a US collegiate law school
1876 - Sara Spencer (R) is 1st woman to address a US presidential convention
1876 - Tsunami's after earthquake floods NE coast of Japan, kills 28,000
1877 - Henry O Flipper becomes 1st black graduate at West Point
1878 - 1st attempt at motion pictures (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse's hooves leave the ground
1887 - Carlisle D Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel
1887 - NY Giants beat Phila Phillies 29-1
1887 - Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo
1888 - Wilhelm II becomes emperor of Germany
1889 - Start of Sherlock Holmes Adv "Stockbroker's Clerk" (BG)
1894 - Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8
1896 - Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku Japan 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured, with 13,000 houses destroyed
1897 - Liberals/social-democrats win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
1898 - US House of Reps accept annexation of Hawaii
1898 - US marines attack Spanish off Guantánamo Cuba
1901 - 7th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 331 at Myopia Hunt Club MA
1902 - Canada's Maritime Provinces switch from Eastern to Atlantic time
1902 - Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Tx minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
1904 - Side-wheeler "General Slocum" burns in NY's East River (1,031 die)
1905 - Princess Margaret of Connaught marries Gustav, Crown Prince of Sweden.
1907 - 44 nations meet in 2nd Hague Peace Conference
1908 - World congress for Woman's rights opens in Amsterdam
1909 - Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
1911 - Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated.
1912 - 26th US Womens Tennis: Mary K Browne beats Eleonora Sears (64 62)
1913 - The Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippine concludes.
1915 - US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
1916 - Boys Scouts of America forms
1918 - 1" of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania
1918 - 50th Belmont: Frank Robinson aboard Johren wins in 2:20.6
1919 - 1st nonstop Atlantic flight (Alcock & Brown) lands in Ireland
1920 - De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
1920 - Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.
1921 - Bessie Coleman reaches France as US 1st black pilot
1923 - Belgium's Theunis govt falls because of mine, post & railroad strike
1924 - 1st transmission of radio Bloemendaal
1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile
1924 - J Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI
1924 - Native Americans are proclaimed US citizens
1925 - Phila A's go into bottom of 8th inning trailing 15-4, then score 13 times to defeat Cleveland 17-15
1926 - 7th French govt of Briand falls
1928 - Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time
1929 - 1st time NY curb stock exchange transacts more business than NY Exch
1931 - Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann, retire from baseball
1931 - Poland & USSR sign friendship & trade treaty
1934 - Great Smokey Mountains National Park dedicated
1938 - 1st night game at Bkln Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cin Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
1940 - 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
1940 - Bread & flour rationed in Holland
1940 - France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris
1940 - Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
1943 - Congress of racial Equality (CORE) forms
1944 - US forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific
1945 - ANJV established in Concert building, Amsterdam
1945 - Dutch political party ANJV forms
1947 - 1st night game at Detroit Briggs Stadium (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
1947 - 47th US Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St Louis CC in MO
1948 - 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Phila A's
1948 - Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win Test Cricket anyway
1948 - WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
1948 - WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 - Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
1950 - Dutch police seize condoms
1951 - 1st coml electronic computer dedicated Phila
1951 - Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory
1953 - Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 & Browns 14-game losing streak
1953 - Johnny Mize is 93rd player to get 2,000 hits
1953 - NYC Transit Authority forms
1953 - WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factory nationalized
1954 - UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland.
1955 - Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
1955 - The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack.
1956 - John Lennon (15) & Paul McCartney (13) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
1957 - "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 perf
1957 - 42.01 cm (16.54") of rainfall, East St Louis, Ill (state record)
1957 - 57th US Golf Open: Dick Mayer shoots a 282 at Inverness Club in Toledo
1957 - 89th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man wins in 2:26.6
1957 - Yanks trade Billy Martin & Ralph Terry for Ryne Duran
1958 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
1960 - Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races
1960 - Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann
1961 - Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
1962 - Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
1962 - South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
1962 - WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1962 - Students for a Democratic Society complete the Port Huron Statement.
1963 - "Sound of Music" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 perfs
1963 - "Sukiyaki" hits #1
1963 - Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)
1963 - Israeli premier David Ben-Gurion resigns
1963 - SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
1964 - Last French troops leave Algeria
1965 - Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone"
1965 - Denny McLain in relief strikesout 1st 7 batters faced & record 14 in 6 2/3 innings, Bill Freehan ties catcher record of 19 putouts
1965 - South Africa begins economic boycott of Dutch products
1967 - Gov Reagan signs liberalized California abortion bill
1968 - "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 perfs
1968 - "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 561 performances
1968 - "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 52 performances
1968 - 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
1968 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral
1968 - Yummy Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express hits #4
1969 - "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV
1969 - 69th US Golf Open: Orville Moody shoots a 281 at Champs GC in Houston
1969 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1969 - Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
1970 - 16th LPGA Championship won by Shirley Englehorn
1971 - Vernon E Jordan Jr, appointed exec director of National Urban League
1972 - Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
1972 - West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
1973 - "American Graffiti" opens in NYC
1974 - "Streak" by Ray Stevens hit #1 on UK pop chart
1975 - 45th French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas (62 63 64)
1975 - Carol Mann wins Lawson's LPGA Golf Classic
1976 - Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
1976 - Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team & umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
1977 - NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
1977 - Spain's 1st free elections since 1936 (41 years)
1977 - Wim Polak becomes mayor of Amsterdam
1978 - Belgian govt resigns
1978 - Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
1978 - Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
1978 - Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days
1979 - 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
1980 - "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
1980 - 80th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ
1980 - Dale Lundquis wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1980 - Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game
1982 - Riots in Argentina after Falklands/Malvinas defeat
1982 - Supreme Court rules all children, regardless of citizenship, are entitled to a public education
1983 - Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen & Rick Ownbey
1983 - Supreme Court struck down state & local restrictions on abortion
1984 - "Thicke Of The Night," TV Talk Show last airs in syndication
1984 - Thomas Hearns KOs Roberto Duran
1984 - Vitesse soccer team forms in Arnhem
1985 - "Pryor's Place," children show last airs on CBS-TV
1985 - En route to Halley's Comet, USSR's Vega 2 drops lander on Venus
1985 - Pinklon Thomas KOs Mike Weaver in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 - Russian space probe Vega 2 lands on Venus
1985 - Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man later judged insane; he threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it twice with his knife.
1986 - 86th US Golf Open: Ray Floyd shoots a 279 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
1986 - Juli Inkster wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1986 - Pravda announces high-level Chernobyl staff fired for stupidity
1986 - Raymond Floyd wins US Open golf tournament
1987 - Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party wins election in Italy
1987 - Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1988 - NASA launches space vehicle S-213
1988 - Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
1989 - Balt Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
1989 - Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth
1990 - "Dick Tracy" with Warren Beatty & Madonna premieres
1991 - Carolyn Tanny & Bob Trischel wed
1991 - Philippines volcano Mount Pinatubo erupts
1991 - Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois.
1992 - 1st Berlin Air Show in 60 years
1992 - Director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) marries Virginia Bush Ford
1992 - During spelling bee, Quayle misspells potato, as potatoe
1992 - Erie Sailors (Fla Marlin farm team) 1st game beat Jamestown 6-5 in 13
1992 - Ghana Airways inaugurates flights to JFK Airport (NYC)
1992 - Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' save record with #342
1992 - Dan Quayle, relying on faulty card, erroneously instructs Trenton NJ, elementary student to spell "potato," "potatoe" during spelling bee
1994 - Disney's "Lion King," opens in theaters with $42 million
1994 - NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms
1994 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1995 - "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" opens at Plymouth NYC for 55 perfs
1995 - Mark Ilott takes 9-19 incl all lbw hat-trick, Essex v Northants
1995 - Northants all out 46 v Essex & wins game next day
1996 - IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200
1997 - "Little Foxes," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 perfs
1997 - 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md
1997 - British model Naomi Campbell, hospitalized on drug overdose
1997 - Danielle Ammaccapane wins Edina Realty LPGA Classic
1997 - Du Mauier Senior Golf Champions
1998 - 32nd TNN Music City News Country Awards
2002 - Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon
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