Today in History

Listings for Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Birthdays:


Events:
  • 1215 King John reluctantly signs the Magna Carta at Runnymede.
  • 1520 The pope threatens to toss Luther out of the Catholic Church.
  • 1664 The state of New Jersey is founded.
  • 1752 Ben Franklin's kite is struck by lightning, shocking!
  • 1775 Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the American Army.
  • 1836 Arkansas becomes 25th state
  • 1844 Goodyear patents the process for vulcanization of rubber.
  • 1846 Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49ø North.
  • 1878 First attempt at motion pictures(using 12 cameras, each taking one picture (to see if all 4 horse's hooves leave the ground during a gallop. Leland Stanford bet they didn't. He lost).
  • 1940 France surrenders to Hitler.
  • 1951 First commercial electronic computer dedicated in Philadelphia.
  • 1975 Soyuz 19 launched
  • 1977 Spain's first free elections since 1936.
  • 1978 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days.
  • 1982 Riots in Argentina after Falklands/Malvinas defeat.
  • 1991 Mt Pinatubo, Philippines erupts: 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide will slightly cool the earth for several years.

That's all for today.



Today In History