Today in History: June 15

Today in History: June 15

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1184

King Magnus of Norway is defeated by his rival, Sverre.

1215

King John signs the Magna Carta.

1381

The English peasant revolt is crushed in London.

1389

Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo.

1607

Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown.

1752

Benjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.

1775

George Washington is named Commander-in-Chief by Congress.

1779

American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.

1836

Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state.

1846

Great Britain and the United States agree on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory.

1849

James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies.

1862

General J.E.B. Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan."

1864

The Battle for Petersburg begins.

1877

Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

1898

The U.S. House of representatives approves the annexation of Hawaii.

1904

Fire aboard the paddle steamer General Slocum on New York's East River kills 1,021, mostly German-Americans.

1916

President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.

1917

Great Britain pledges the release of all Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.

1920

Three African Americans are lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of 5,000.

1928

Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President.

1932

Gaston Means is sentenced to 15 years for fraud in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

1940

The French fortress of Verdun is captured by Germans.

1944

U.S. Marines begin the invasion of Saipan in the Pacific.

1947

The All India Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India.

1958

Greece severs military ties to Turkey because of the Cyprus issue.

1964

The last French troops leave Algeria.

1977

The first general election in Spain since 1936 results in victory for the UCD (Union of Democratic Centre).