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6/15/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 15

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Today in History in 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state of the Union; in 1864 Robert E. Lee’s home area in Arlington, Virginia becomes a military cemetery; and in 1928 Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for the 50th and final time.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

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 American Army
  • 1836 - Arkansas becomes 25th state of the Union
  • 1844 - Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber
  • 1846 - Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
  • 1864 - Robert E. Lee's home area (Arlington, VA) becomes a military cemetery
  • 1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy
  • 1896 - Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed.
  • 1916 - Boys Scouts of America forms
  • 1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile
  • 1928 - Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time
  • First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover1924 - J. Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI
  • 1940 - World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone"
  • 1994 - Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1923 - Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 - Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1953 - Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing
  • 1954 - James Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 - Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends)

Famous Weddings

  • 1777 - First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds mariner Joseph Ashburn
  • 1905 - Princess Margaret of Connaught marries Gustav, Crown Prince of Sweden.
  • 1928 - "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)
  • 1953 - Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York
  • 1966 - English writer of blockbusters, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman
  • 1978 - Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
  • 1992 - Director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) marries Virginia Bush Ford
  • 2000 - "Murphy Brown" actress Candice Bergen (54) weds New York real estate magnate Marshall Rose (63) at a Manhattan synagogue
  • 2002 - "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico
  • 2002 - Actor Charlie Sheen (36) weds actress Denise Richards (31) under a rose arch dotted by over 1000 blooms in Brentwood, California
  • 2010 - Film actor and producer Harrison Ford (67) weds actress and Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart (45) in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2013 - "Hart of Dixie" actor Cress Williams (42) weds girlfriend Kristen Torrianni in Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 1989 - Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married
  • 2011 - Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley (45) divorces businessman Arun Nayar due to husband's unreasonable behavior

Famous Deaths

  • 1849 - James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53
  • 1989 - Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1996 - Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78
  • 1996 - Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Ist Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • 2014 - Casey Kasem, creator of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82
  • 2014 - Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86

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