What Happened on June 20

Historical Events

  • 451 Battle of the Catalaunian Plains: Roman and Visigoths forces defeat Attila the Hun in north east France
  • 1214 The University of Oxford receives its charter
  • 1789 Tennis Court Oath (for a new constitution) in France made at Versailles
  • 1840 Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
  • 1895 1st female PhD from an American University, earned by Caroline Willard Baldwin (in Science) at Cornell University
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Did You Know?

Black Hole of Calcutta - 146 British soldiers imprisoned in small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die

On June 20, 1756

Famous Weddings

  • 1894 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1929 Author William Faulkner (31) weds Estelle Oldham at College Hill Presbyterian Church outside Oxford, Mississippi
  • 1938 "Star Wars" actor Alec Guinness (24) weds actress Merula Sylvia Salaman (23)
  • 1962 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith
  • 1966 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California
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