June 20 | Facts

June 20 | Facts

1756 British soldiers were thrown into the cell known as the “Black Hole of Calcutta.” 1782 The Great Seal of the United States was adopted. 1819 The 320-ton Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. 1837 Queen Victoria ascended the British throne. 1863 West Virginia became the 35th state in the United States. 1893 Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her parents, was found […]

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June 19 | Facts

June 19 | Facts

1862 Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories. 1865 Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth. 1867 The first running of the Belmont Stakes. 1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created. 1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved. 1977 Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the […]

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June 18 | Facts

June 18 | Facts

1812 The War of 1812 began. 1815 Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces. 1873 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. 1928 Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours. 1948 […]

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June 17 | Facts

June 17 | Facts

1775 The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution. 1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere. 1928 Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. 1944 The Republic of Iceland was established. 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public […]

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June 16 | Facts

June 16 | Facts

1487 The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses. 1858 Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” 1904 Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom. 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act. 1963 Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became […]

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June 14 | Facts

June 14 | Facts

1775 The United States Army was founded. 1777 The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S. 1922 Warren Harding became the first president to be heard on the radio. 1940 German troops entered Paris. The Nazis opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. 1951 The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled. 1954 President Eisenhower signed the order […]

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June 15 | Facts

June 15 | Facts

1215 King John sealed the Magna Carta. 1775 George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress. 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state in the United States. 1844 Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization. 1849 James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee. 1923 Lou Gehrig made his New York Yankee debut […]

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June 13 | Facts

June 13 | Facts

1900 The Boxer Rebellion began in China. 1966 The U.S. Supreme Court set forth in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must advise suspects of their rights upon taking them into custody. 1967 Thurgood Marshall was nominated to become the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court. 1971 The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers.” 1983 The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, […]

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June 12 | Facts

June 12 | Facts

1880 John Lee Richmond pitched baseball’s first perfect game. A perfect game occurs when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings. 1898 Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the Philippine nationalists, proclaimed independence from Spain. 1939 The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, New York. 1942 Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday. 1963 Civil […]

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June 11 | Facts

June 11 | Facts

1509 King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon. 1770 Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. 1919 Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown. 1963 Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.” 1977 Seattle Slew won […]

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