1200s / 13th century history on the 15th of June
1215 : MAGNA CARTA received the royal seal by King John, following a revolt by the English nobility against King John’s rule. The Magna Carta (aka Great Charter) document, was essentially a peace treaty between King John and his barons, that guaranteed the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, and uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. The Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations.
1600s / 17th century history on the 15th of June
1648 : The first execution for witchcraft in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in America, when Margaret Jones was hanged in Boston for committing witchcraft, during a witch-hunt that lasted 45 years, from 1648 to 1693.
1667 : The first human blood transfusion was administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
1700s / 18th century history on the 15th of June
1752 : Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electricity.
1800s / 19th century history on the 15th of June
1836 : Arkansas was admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
1843 : Edvard GRiEG the Norwegian pianist and composer was born in Bergen, Norway, which was then known as United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway (died in 1907 aged 64).
1844 : Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanization, which strengthens rubber.
1878 : Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs as to prove a horse’s all four feet leave the ground when it is running. This study was the basis of what became motion pictures. This video is his proof to show a horse’s all 4 feet leave the ground when it is running…
1900s / 20th century history on the 15th of June
1911 : Wilbert Awdry (OBE) the English author and creator of Thomas the Tank Engine was born in Ampfield, Hampshire, England (died in 1997 aged 85).
1934 : Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the United states was founded. Official website : nps.gov/grsm
1937 : Waylon Jennings the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born Wayland Arnold Jennings in Littlefield, Texas, USA (died in 2002 aged 64). Official website : WaylonJennings.com
1941 : Harry Nilsson the American singer-songwriter was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA (died in 1994 aged 52).
1946 : DEMiS ROUSSOS the Egyptian-Greek singer was born Artemios Ventouris-Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt (died in 2015 aged 68).
1946 : Noddy Holder (MBE) the English rock singer was born Neville John Holder in Walsall, Staffordshire, England. He is the best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Slade, a very successful 1970s English rock band. Official website : NoddyHolder.com
1951 : STEVE WALSH the American rock singer-songwriter and musician was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is best known as a retired member of KANSAS rock band, where he sang lead on 4 of their hits Carry On Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind, All I Wanted, and Point of Know Return (the last 2 he co-wrote).
1954 : Jim Belushi the American actor was born James Belushi in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Official website : BelushisFarm.com
1963 : Helen Hunt the American actress was born in Culver City, California, USA.
1964 : Courteney Cox the American actress was born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
1969 : Ice Cube the American rapper and actor was born O’Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, California, USA. Official website : icecube.com
1970 : Charles Manson went on trial for the murder of Sharon Tate and 4 other people, 10 months earlier (9th August 1969).
1970 : Leah Remini the American actress was born in New York City, USA. Official website : LeahRemini.com
1973 : Neil Patrick Harris the American actor was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
1984 : Luke Hodge the Australian footballer was born in Colac, Victoria, Australia.
1985 : Rembrandt’s painting Danaë was attacked by an insane man, who threw sulfuric acid over it, then cut the canvas with a knife.
1991 : Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted in the Philippines, and killed more than 800 people. It was the 2nd largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.
1992 : Brett Whiteley (AO) the Australian painter died from an opiate overdose, aged 53 (born in 1939).
1996 : Ella Fitzgerald the American jazz singer died from a stroke, aged 79 (born in 1917). Official website : EllaFitzgerald.com
2000s / 21st century history on the 15th of June
2012 : Nik Wallenda became the 1st person to walk a tightrope directly over Niagara Falls, successfully.
2014 : Casey Kasem the American disc jockey and voice actor died aged 82 (born in 1932). He was best known as the creator of the American Top 40, and the voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo from 1969 to 2009.
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