On This Day

15th June

1215 – King John of England put his seal to the Magna Carta.

1667 – The first human blood transfusion was administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity.

1785 – Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, became the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon exploded during an attempt to cross the English Channel.

1844 – Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.

1909 – Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa met at Lord's and formed the ICC (Imperial Cricket Conference).

1911 – Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) was incorporated.

1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight at Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

1920 - Three black circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob in Duluth, Minnesota.

1934 – The U.S.'s Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded.

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

1974 - Kevin Gately, a second year maths student at the University of Warwick died as a result of injuries received during an anti facist rally in central London.

1994 – Israel and Vatican City established full diplomatic relations.

1996 – An IRA bomb injured over 200 people and devastated a large part of Manchester's city centre.

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.


  1. Today is the 16th of June. Why are the "today in history" facts for the 15th coming up?

  2. Sorry, sometimes I fall a little behind.


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