On This Day

Historical Events on June 15 (Part 2)

  • 1992 1st Berlin Air Show in 60 years
  • 1992 Erie Sailors (Fla Marlin farm team) 1st game beat Jamestown 6-5 in 13
  • 1992 Ghana Airways inaugurates flights to JFK Airport (NYC)
  • 1992 Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' save record with #342
  • 1992 Dan Quayle, relying on faulty card, erroneously instructs Trenton NJ, elementary student to spell "potato," "potatoe" during spelling bee

Music Premiere

1994 Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million

  • 1994 New York Giants cut Super Bowl XXI MVP quarterback Phil Simms after 15 years service with the NFL club
  • 1995 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" opens at Plymouth NYC for 55 performances
  • 1995 Mark Ilott takes 9-19 incl all lbw hat-trick, Essex v Northants
  • 1995 Northants all out 46 v Essex & wins game next day
  • 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200
  • 1997 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances

US Golf Open

1997 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ernie Els wins his second Open title, the second of his 4 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Colin Montgomerie

Film & TV History

1997 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Music City News Awards

1998 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus win

NBA Finals

2001 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86 in Game 5 to win back-to-back titles; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for second straight year

  • 2001 ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum sign a letter of intent for a natural gas to liquids (GTL) project that would be the largest in the world

Film Premier

2001 Indian epic "Laagan" directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres

  • 2002 Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

NBA Finals

2003 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan

  • 2003 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia
  • 2004 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87 in Game 5 to complete one of the greatest upsets in NBA history; MVP: Chauncey Billups
  • 2008 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win
  • 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 for 4-3 series win; Bruins end 39-year Stanley Cup drought
  • 2012 Apple I computer sells for a record $374,500
  • 2012 Five Dutch banks, including ING, receive credit rating downgrades of one or two notches
  • 2014 Juan Manuel Santos is reelected President of Columbia
  • 2014 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Martin Kaymer of Germany leads wire-to-wire to win his second major title, 8 strokes ahead of runners-up Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler
  • 2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 104-87 in Game 5 for 5th NBA Championship in franchise history; MVP: Kawhi Leonard

Historic Event

2015 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

  • 2015 Remains of a 2,000 year old women dubbed "the sleeping beauty" are announced discovered in Northern Ethiopia from ancient kingdom of Aksum

Magna Carta

2015 800 year anniversary of "the birthplace of modern democracy", the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runymede, England

  • 2015 Stanley Cup Final, United Center, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 for a 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 6th Championship

Historic Event

2017 Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire

  • 2017 New record set for price of a parking lot in Hong Kong - $664,000
  • 2017 Rebel Wilson win defamation case against Bauer Media at The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne
  • 2018 World Cup: Portugal 3. Spain 3 - Cristiano Renaldo scores hat-trick - 4th player to score in 4 different WC's - 1st to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments

Historic Event

2018 Physicist Stephen Hawking's ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, London, between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

Historic Event

2018 Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud over company's blood tests

  • 2018 Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh burns down, four years after a previous fire
  • 2019 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the New Orleans Pelicans send forward Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart & 3 future 1st round draft picks including 2019 #4

Sports History

2019 Baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes most expensive sports memorabilia when it sells for $5.64 million at an auction in New York

Historic Event

2020 Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated

  • 2020 New COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event' by WHO
  • 2020 In landmark decision US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace
  • 2021 US death toll from COVID-19 tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it" lifting all COVID-19 restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose

  • 2021 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while addressing national conference