On This Day in History for June 15

Events in History

  • 763 BC Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history
  • 778 Willibald, Abbot of Heidenheim, dictates his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fifty years before, to nun Hugburc, who records this and biographies of Willibald and his brother - the first known English woman writer [1]
  • 923 Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy
  • 1094 Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren
  • 1184 Magnus V Erlingsson, King of Norway (1156–1184), dies in the Battle of Fimreite
  • 1215 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England
  • 1219 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
  • 1219 King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark
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Weddings in History

  • 1777 American seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds (for the 2nd time) mariner Joseph Ashburn
  • 1905 Princess Margaret of Connaught marries Gustav, Crown Prince of Sweden.
  • 1953 Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York

Divorces in History

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

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