Today in History: June 16

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0455

Rome is sacked by the Vandal army.

1815

Napoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny.

1858

Abraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

1864

The siege of Petersburg and Richmond begins after a moonlight skirmish.

1907

The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg.

1910

The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1925

France accepts a German proposal for a security pact.

1932

The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.

1935

President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.

1940

French Chief of State, Henri Petain asks for an armistice with Germany.

1952

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.

1955

The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend Selective Service until 1959.

1961

Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris.

1971

An El Greco sketch, "The Immaculate Conception," stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, is recovered in New York City by the FBI.

1977

Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union.