Today in History: June 20

Today in History: June 20

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0451

Roman and barbarian warriors halt Attila's army at the Catalaunian Plains in eastern France.

1397

The Union of Kalmar unites Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch.

1756

Nearly 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in the 'Black Hole' cell of Calcutta. Most die.

1793

Eli Whitney applies for a cotton gin patent.

1819

The paddle-wheel steamship Savannah arrives in Liverpool, England, after a voyage of 27 days and 11 hours--the first steamship to successfully cross the Atlantic.

1837

18-year-old Victoria is crowned Queen of England.

1863

President Abraham Lincoln admits West Virginia into the Union as the 35th state.

1898

On the way to the Philippines to fight the Spanish, the U.S. Navy seizes the island of Guam.

1901

Charlotte M. Manye of South Africa becomes the first native African to graduate from an American University.

1910

Mexican President Porfirio Diaz proclaims martial law and arrests hundreds.

1920

Race riots in Chicago, Illinois leave two dead and many wounded.

1923

France announces it will seize the Rhineland to assist Germany in paying her war debts.

1941

The U.S. Army Air Force is established, replacing the Army Air Corps.

1955

The AFL and CIO agree to combine names for a merged group.

1963

The United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a hot line between Washington and Moscow.

1964

General William Westmoreland succeeds General Paul Harkins as head of the U.S. forces in Vietnam.

1967

Boxing champion Muhammad Ali is convicted of refusing induction into the American armed services.

1972

President Richard Nixon names General Creighton Abrams as Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

1999

NATO declares an official end to its bombing campaign of Yugoslavia.