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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Sunday - July 15th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1606Rembrandt, Dutch painter.
      Today, this person is/would be 412 years old.
1946Linda Ronstadt, singer.
      Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
1960Kim Alexis, super model.
      Today, this person is/would be 58 years old.
1961Lolita Davidovich, actress.
      Today, this person is/would be 57 years old.
1961Forrest Whitaker, actor.
      Today, this person is/would be 57 years old.
1973Brian-Austin Green, actor.
      Today, this person is/would be 45 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

971Sainte Swithin, the Bishop of Winchester, is reburied inside his cathedral. The day is celebrated in England as Saint Swithin’s Day.
1099First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after a difficult siege.
1162Ladislaus II of Hungary is declared King of Hungary.
1207John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.
1240A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
1381John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.
1410Battle of Grunwald, allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.
1685James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill, England after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemore on 6 July 1685.
1789Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, by acclamation, named colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
1799Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta, by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard. It provides the key for the first translation of Egyptian hyroglyphs into modern languages.
1806Pike expedition: Near St. Louis, Missouri, United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine to explore the west. Eventually Pike’s Peak is named after him.
1815Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders from aboard HMS Bellerophon.
1862American Civil War: Confederates break naval blockade of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1867San Francisco’s Merchant’s Exchange opens.
1869Margarine is patented in Paris, for use in the French Navy.
1870Post-American-Civil-War Reconstruction: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
1870Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories are established from these vast tracts of northern wilderness.
1895Archie MacLaren scores County Championship record cricket innings of 424 for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton.
1916In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
1926BEST buses make its début in Mumbai.
1927Massacre of July 15, 1927: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.
1929First weekly radio broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio show, Music and the Spoken Word.
1931Kid Chocolate becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion.
1954First flight of the Boeing 707, the first American jet passenger airliner.
1955Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
1957Ford Motor Company begins full-scale production of the Edsel automobile. The car flops and becomes synonymous with bad design and bad marketing in the car business, a problem which plagues the industry still.
1958In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to provide military support to the pro-Western government there.
1965A US law is passed requiring health warnings on cigarette packages, but people continue to light up.
1974In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d’état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
1975Apollo Soyuz Test Project: Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space.
1995First item sold on Amazon.com.
1996A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
1997In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his home.
2003AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day and takes over the Netscape browswer.
2003The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention removes its SARS-related travel advisory for Taiwan, the last area to have such a travel alert.
2004Monorail service begins in Las Vegas.
2004The BBC airs the documentary The Secret Agent, exposing racism by members of the British National Party.
2005Jack Nicklaus plays his last hole of competitive golf during The Open Championship at Hole 18 at St Andrews, finishing with a birdie.
2006Mogadishu Int’l Airport in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, re-opens after an eleven-year closure, mainly due to the Somali civil war.
2016A failed military coup de etat in Turkey leaves 161 dead and more than 1,400 injured. Thousands of alleged plotters are subsequently arrested.

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