What Happened on June 20

Significant 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
  • 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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June 20 in Sport

  • 1789 Tennis Court Oath (for a new constitution) in France made at Versailles

Did You Know?

Black Hole of Calcutta: 146 British soldiers, Anglo-Indian soldiers and Indian civilians are imprisoned in a small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die from suffocation and heat exhaustion

On June 20, 1756

Would You Believe?

320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)

On June 20, 1819

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 British 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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