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June 15 – Magna Carta and more

Welcome to another bright day in June. There’s always something or the other happening around the world. The world, being so large, has witnessed infinite inventions, innovations, achievements, and other milestones in the past. You can do something amazing today, and maybe it is something that we write about in Today in History in the coming years. We, at Brag Social, try to keep you updated with all the happenings of the past and present. Let’s read about the historical milestones of June 15.

1215: King John signs the Magna Carta

Originally called Magna Carta Libertatum is a charter of rights agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, dated June 15, 1215. It was a peace treaty written in Latin.

1849: James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies

James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States of America. He served the nation from November 2, 17795 to June 15, 1849. The cause behind his death was the cholera disease.

1864: The Battle for Petersburg begins

This was not a single battle, but a series of battles, known as the Siege of Petersburg. The battles were fought from June 15, 1864, to April 2, 1865, around Petersburg, Virginia, United States. Union victory was the result of these battles.

1877: Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Henry Ossian Flipper was an American soldier and a former slave. He was the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army.

1878: World’s first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge used high-speed stop-motion photography to capture a horse’s motion. The photos prove that the horse has all four feet in the air during some parts of its stride.

1896: Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed

Tsunami caused by the Sanriku earthquake strikes the Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan where 27,000 people were killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses were destroyed. Communities, along the Sanriku beach, were celebrating the Shinto festival and the return of soldiers from the First Sino-Japanese War. The tsunami coincided with high tides.

1947: The All India Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India

In New Delhi, the All-India Congress accepted the British plan for the partition of India in New Delhi. The Dominion of Pakistan (which was created as a homeland for Indian Muslims) was later further divided into the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

1977: The first general election in Spain since 1936 results in victory for the Union of Democratic Centre

The Spanish general election was held on 15 June 1977, Wednesday. It was the first free election in Spain since 1936. The Union of the Democratic Centre was an electoral coalition and later a political party in Spain, existing from 1977 to 1983.

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