Today in History
June 15

1184King Magnus of Norway is defeated by his rival, Sverre.
1215King John signs the Magna Carta.
1381The English peasant revolt is crushed in London.
1389Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo.
1607Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown.
1752Benjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.
1775George Washington is named Commander in Chief by Congress.
1779American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.
1836Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state.
1846Great Britain and the United States agree on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory.
1849James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies.
1862General J.E.B. Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan."
1864The Battle for Petersburg begins.
1866Prussia attacks Austria.
1877Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
1898The U.S. House of representatives approves the annexation of Hawaii.
1916President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1917Great Britain pledges the release of all Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
1920Three African Americans are lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of 5,000.
1928Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President.
1932Gaston Means is sentenced to 15 years for fraud in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
1940The French fortress of Verdun is captured by Germans.
1944U.S. Marines begin the invasion of Saipan in Pacific.
1947The All-Indian Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India.
1958Greece severs military ties to Turkey because of the Cyprus issue.
1964The last French troops leave Algeria.
1977The first general election in Spain since 1936 results in victory for the UCD (Union of Democratic Centre).

Born on June 15
1330Edward the Black Prince, the eldest son of Edward III.
1767Rachel Robards Jackson, first lady to President Andrew Jackson.
1843Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer.
1902Erik H. Erikson, psychologist (Childhood and Society).
1914Saul Steinberg, American cartoonist.
1922Morris "Mo" Udall, U.S. Congressman.

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