Monday, June 15, 2015

Today in History: Monday, June 15, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 15, 1215, England's King John put his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede, granting his barons more liberty.
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On this date in:
1775George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army.
1836Arkansas became the 25th state.
1844Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.
1849James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 53.
1864Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.
1902The 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train between New York and Chicago, began service.
1904More than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River.
1923Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
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1969The variety show "Hee Haw" premiered on CBS.
1978King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.
1991Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people.
1992Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell potato as "potatoe" during a spelling bee.
1994Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
1995During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
1996Singer Ella Fitzgerald died at age 78.
2003A jury in Houston convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice.
2006A divided Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting.
2006Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2007Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show "The Price Is Right."
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") turns 42 years old today.
AP Photo/Zach Cordner
Mario CuomoFormer governor of New York83
Billy WilliamsBaseball Hall of Famer77
Mike HolmgrenFootball coach67
Simon CallowActor66
Russell HitchcockSinger (Air Supply)66
Steve WalshRock singer (Kansas)64
Jim BelushiActor, comedian ("According to Jim")61
Julie HagertyActress ("Airplane!")60
Wade BoggsBaseball Hall of Famer57
Helen HuntActress ("Mad About You")52
Courteney CoxActress ("Friends," "Cougar Town")51
Ice CubeActor, rapper46
Leah ReminiActress ("King of Queens")45
T-Bone WillyRock musician (Save Ferris)43
Elizabeth ReaserActress40
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum turns 31 years old today.
AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo
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