What Happened on June 15

Significant 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
  • 2015 Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for US President
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Did You Know?

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.

On June 15, 1219

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 blockbuster novels, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman

Famous Divorces

  • 1978 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage
  • 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
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