June 15 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

763 BC Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history

1215 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England

1775 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force

1896 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed

1940 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris

1991 Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth of the 20th century

Today’s Historical Events

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 Magnus V Erlingsson, King of Norway (1156–1184), dies in the Battle of Fimreite

1215 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England

1219 King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark

1219 Dannebrog is the flag of Denmark and the oldest national flag in the world. According to legend, it fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse (now Tallinn) in Estonia, and turned the Danes’ luck

1246 Battle at Leitha: Hungary-Austrian

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1878 World’s first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground

1948 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting

1948 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting

1953 WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting

1960 “The Apartment” directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1961)

1962 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

1967 “The Dirty Dozen”, based on E. M. Nathanson’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee MarvinErnest Borgnine and Charles Bronson is released in the US

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1957 “Ziegfeld Follies of 1957” closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances

1963 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical “The Sound of Music”, closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1443 performances

1963 “Sukiyaki” sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1

1965 Bob Dylan records single “Like a Rolling Stone” (#1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”)

1968 “How Now, Dow Jones” closes at Lunt Fontanne, NYC, after 220 performances

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 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant two acorns for peace, at Coventry Cathedral, Conventry, England

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1887 NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1

1888 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Bertha Townsend beats defending champion Ellen Hansell 6-3, 6-5

1889 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Defending champion Bertha Townsend beats Lida Voorhees 7-5, 6-2

1894 Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8

1902 Minor League’s most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game

1906 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid successfully defends title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor of England; his 3rd Open victory

1909 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord’s and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

1912 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Mary Browne beats Eleonora Sears 6-4, 6-2 for her first of 3 straight US singles titles

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