15 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Edvard Grieg, 1843
  • Robert Russell Bennett, 1894
  • Yuri Andropov, 1914
  • Saul Steinberg, 1914
  • Alfred Kazin, 1915
  • Erroll Garner, 1923
  • Mario Cuomo, 1932
  • Waylon Jennings, 1937
  • Harry Nilsson, 1941
  • Xaviera Hollander, 1943
  • Simon Callow, 1949
  • Jim Varney, 1949
  • Jim Belushi, 1954
  • Terri Gibbs, 1954
  • Wade Boggs, 1958
  • Helen Hunt, 1963
  • Courtney Cox, 1964

Died On This Day:

  • Jean Pilatre de Rozier killed, 1785
  • James Knox Polk, 1849
  • Emperor Frederick III Germany, 1888
  • Meredith Willson, 1984
  • James Hunt, 1993
  • Ella Fitzgerald, 1996
  • Robert Whitehead, 2002
  • Hume Cronyn, 2003
  • Kirk Kerkorian, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1215 - Magna Carta, document conceding power, forced from King John by English barons at Runnymede.
  • 1571 - Harrow School, England, founded.
  • 1667 - King Louis XIV's physician, Dr. Dexter Co., administers the first successful blood transfusion putting sheep's blood into 15 year-old boy, who recovered.
  • 1752 - Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment proving electricity demonstrated at 8th & Race, Philly.
  • 1775 - George Washington made Commander-in-Chief Continental Army by Second Continental Congress.
  • 1785 - de Rozier - first man to fly in hot air Balloon becomes first fatality in aviation history over Channel.
  • 1836 - Arkansas becomes 25th state admitted to Union.
  • 1844 - Charles Goodyear of New York patents vulcanized rubber.
  • 1846 - Oregon treaty between U.S. and Britain sets Oregon's northern boundary at 49th parallel.
  • 1858 - Christians massacred at Jedda.
  • 1867 - First gallstone operation performed by Dr. John Stough Bobbs in Indianapolis.
  • 1877 - First Black person graduates from West Point - Henry O. Flipper.
  • 1894 - America's first commercial museum organized in Philadelphia.
  • 1904 - More than 1,000 die when fire erupts aboard the steamboat General Slocum in NYC's East River.
  • 1909 - Cork centered baseball patented by inventor Benjamin F. Shibe of Bala, PA.
  • 1919 - First non-stop transatlantic flight lands in Clifden Ireland.
  • 1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures ten millionth car.
  • 1944 - First flying bomb attacks on London.
  • 1945 - Charter of the United Nations completed.
  • 1956 - Future Beatles John Lennon age 16 meets Paul McCartney,14, at Woolton Paris Church, Liverpool.
  • 1991 - Mt. Pinatubu volcano erupts for 9 hours in Philippine Islands; biggest eruption of the 20th Century with 200 dead and 100,000 homeless..
  • 2007 - London lawyer Lewis Pugh swims a mile in melted Arctic icewater for 19 minutes at the Geographic North Pole.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Germaine of Pibrac
  • Edburga of Winchester
  • Vitus

Holiday:

  • Sanno Matsuri Shinto festival in Japan celebrated in Tokyo
  • Grieg's birthday celebrated in Norway

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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