15th June

Born on this Day 15th June
1330 Edward the Black prince
1905 James Robertson Justice
1913 Archbishop Trevor Huddleston
1925 Richard Baker
1943 Johnny Halliday
1950 Noddy Holder
1954 James Belushi
1963 Helen Hunt
1968 Courtney Cox Arquette
1985 Nadine Coyle

Died on this Day
1996 Ella Fitzgerald

Music

1978 The Dire Straits self-titled debut album was released in the UK.

1986 U2 and Sting headlined a show in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International.

1991 Paula Abdul and her former baby-sitter Michael Bolton switched positions at the top of the charts.

Sport

1869 America’s Mike McCoole beat England’s Tom Allen in the first bare-knuckle prizefight.

1954 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland.

1988 Pat Eddery, riding Magic of Life, won the Gold Cup.

1988 In Dusseldorf, Peter Shilton played his 100th game for England, in the European Championship game against Holland.

People & Showbiz

1860 Florence Nightingale opened her nurses’ school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.

1910 Captain Scott set out on his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

1952 The Diary of Anne Frank was published.

1994 Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ opened at cinemas across America.

General Events

763 BC Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

1215 King John stamped the Royal seal on the Magna Carta.

1752 Benjamin Franklin carried out his famous experiments with a key attached to the end of a kite string in order to prove the connection between lightning and electricity.

1825 Foundation stone was laid for the new London Bridge.

1924 The Ford Motor Company announced completion of their 10 millionth motor car.

1994 Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.

1996 A massive bomb exploded in a busy shopping area in central Manchester; 200 people were injured in the attack, mostly by flying glass.

2002 Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

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