Today in History: June 22

Today in History: June 22

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1377

Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16.

1558

The French take the French town of Thionville from the English.

1772

Slavery is outlawed in England.

1807

British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.

1864

Confederate General A. P. Hill turns back a Federal flanking movement at the Weldon Railroad near Petersburg, Virginia.

1876

General Alfred Terry sends Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer to the Rosebud and Little Bighorn rivers to search for Indian villages.

1910

German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich announces a definitive cure for syphilis.

1911

King George V of England is crowned.

1915

Austro-German forces occupy Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians retreat.

1925

France and Spain agree to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.

1930

A son is born to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

1933

Adolf Hitler bans political parties in Germany other than the Nazis.

1938

Joe Louis floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium.

1940

France and Germany sign an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.

1941

Under the code-name Barbarossa, Germany invades the Soviet Union.

1942

A Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.

1944

President Franklin Roosevelt signs the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.

1956

The battle for Algiers begins as three buildings in The Casbah are blown up.

1970

President Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.

1973

Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.

1980

The Soviet Union announces a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

1981

Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon.

1995

Nigeria's former military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy are charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sani Abacha's military government.