Today in History: June 15

Defense attorney Robert Shapiro wields a knife during the morning session Thursday, June 15, 1995, of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. During cross-examination of Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, Shapiro was demonstrating the many ways a knife could be handled. Prosecuting attorney Brian Kelberg is in background.(AP Photo/Sam Mircovich,Pool)

Today is Wednesday, June 15, the 167th day of 2016. There are 199 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.

On this date:

In 1215, England’s King John put his seal to Magna Carta (“the Great Charter”) at Runnymede.

In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground which became Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

In 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York’s East River.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act making the National Guard part of the U.S. Army in the event of war or national emergency.

In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN’) during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carried out their first raids on Japan.

In 1955, the United States and Britain signed a cooperation agreement concerning atomic information for “mutual defence purposes.”

In 1966, the surfing documentary “The Endless Summer” opened in wide release.

In 1978, King Hussein (hoo-SAYN’) of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people.

In 1996, Ella Fitzgerald, the “first lady of song,” died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 79.

 

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