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Thursday, June 15, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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On this date in:

1215 King John put his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, granting his barons more liberty.

1389 In the Battle of Kosovo, Turks defeated Serbs and Bosnians.

1752 Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm.

1775 The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

1836 Arkansas became the 25th state.

1844 Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.

1846 The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest.

1849 James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 53.

1864 Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

1904 The General Slocum burned in New York's East River, killing over 1,000 people.

1923 Baseball hall-of-famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

1954 The Union of European Football Associations was founded in Basel, Switzerland.

1978 King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

1992 Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell potato as ''potatoe'' during a spelling bee.

1994 Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.

1995 During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

1996 Singer Ella Fitzgerald died at age 79.


74 Mario Cuomo Former New York governor
68 Billy Williams Baseball hall-of-famer
60 Janet Lennon Singer (The Lennon Sisters)
57 Russell Hitchcock Singer (Air Supply)
52 Jim Belushi Actor-comedian (''According to Jim'')
52 Terri Gibbs Country singer
51 Julie Hagerty Actress (''Airplane!'')
48 Wade Boggs Baseball hall-of-famer
47 Eileen Davidson Actress (''The Young and the Restless'')
43 Helen Hunt Actress (''Mad About You'')



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