What happened on June 15? There are more than 289 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 15

June 15 In HistoryJune 15 is the 167th day of the year 2020. There are 199 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 25th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Whitmire, South Carolina 29178 sunrise occured at 06:13 AM and sunset occured at 08:40 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 242 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 15

  • 763 BC
    Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • 923
    Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.
  • 1184
    King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
  • 1215
    King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.
  • 1219
    Northern Crusades: Danish victory at the Battle of Lyndanisse (modern-day Tallinn) establishes the Danish Duchy of Estonia. According to legend, this battle also marks the first use of the Dannebrog, the world’s first national flag still in use, as the national flag of Denmark.
  • 1246
    With the death of Duke Frederick II, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.
  • 1389
    Battle of Kosovo: The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnians.
  • 1520
    Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in papal bull Exsurge Domine.
  • 1580
    Philip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.
  • 1667
    The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
  • 1752
    Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
  • 1776
    Delaware Separation Day – Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.
  • 1785
    Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel.
  • 1804
    New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
  • 1836
    Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
  • 1844
    Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
  • 1846
    The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • 1859
    Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the “Northwestern Boundary Dispute” between United States and British/Canadian settlers.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.
  • 1864
    Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acre around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
  • 1867
    Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode gold mine located in Montana.
  • 1877
    Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
  • 1888
    Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire.
  • 1896
    The deadliest tsunami in Japan’s history kills more than 22,000 people.
  • 1904
    A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City’s East River kills 1,000.
  • 1905
    Princess Margaret of Connaught marries Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden.
  • 1909
    Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord’s and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • 1913
    The Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippines ends.
  • 1916
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
  • 1919
    John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.
  • 1920
    A new border treaty between Germany and Denmark gives northern Schleswig to Denmark.
  • 1920
    Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.
  • 1934
    The U.S. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.
  • 1937
    A German expedition led by Karl Wien loses sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat. It is the worst single disaster to occur on an 8000m peak.
  • 1940
    World War II: Operation Ariel begins – Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany’s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
  • 1944
    In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government in North America.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Saipan: The United States invade Japanese-occupied Saipan.
  • 1945
    The General Dutch Youth League (ANJV) is founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 1954
    UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is formed in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1955
    The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual “Operation Alert” (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA’s preparations for a nuclear attack.
  • 1978
    King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
  • 1985
    Rembrandt’s painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
  • 1991
    In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. In the end, over 800 people die.
  • 1992
    The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the USA for trial, without approval from those other countries.
  • 1994
    Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1996
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes a large bomb in the middle of Manchester, England.
  • 2002
    Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75000 mi, about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Who Were Born On June 15?

  • 1330
    Edward of Woodstock (“The Black Prince”), son of King Edward III of England and father of King Richard II of England (d. 1376)
  • 1519
    Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, illegitimate son of King Henry VIII of England (d. 1536)
  • 1594
    Nicolas Poussin, French painter (d. 1665)
  • 1623
    Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (d. 1672)
  • 1624
    Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1640
    Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • 1755
    Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (d. 1809)
  • 1763
    Kobayashi Issa, Japanese haiku poet (d. 1827)
  • 1765
    Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (d. 1831)
  • 1765
    Martin Baum, American businessman and politician (d. 1831)
  • 1767
    Rachel Donelson Jackson, First Lady of the United States (d. 1828)
  • 1777
    David Daniel Davis, British physician (d. 1841)
  • 1789
    Josiah Henson, American minister and abolitionist (d. 1883)
  • 1801
    Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (d. 1883)
  • 1805
    William Butler Ogden, American politician (d. 1877)
  • 1809
    François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • 1843
    Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (d. 1907)
  • 1848
    Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala, Indian-born Syrian religious figure (d. 1902)
  • 1875
    Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier and supercentenarian (d. 1987)
  • 1882
    Ion Antonescu, Romanian politician (d. 1946)
  • 1884
    Harry Langdon, American actor (d. 1944)
  • 1888
    Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet (d. 1921)
  • 1894
    Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1894
    Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (d. 1981)
  • 1900
    Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1900
    Otto Luening, German-born American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1902
    Erik Erikson, German-born psychoanalyst (d. 1994)
  • 1906
    Léon Degrelle, Belgian SS officer (d. 1994)
  • 1908
    Sam Giancana, American mafioso (d. 1975)
  • 1910
    David Rose, American songwriter, composer and orchestra leader (d. 1990)
  • 1911
    W.V. Awdry, British children’s writer (d. 1997)
  • 1914
    Hilda Terry, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914
    Saul Steinberg, Romanian-born American cartoonist (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    Yuri Andropov, Soviet politician (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Thomas Huckle Weller, American virologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1916
    Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Olga Erteszek, American lingerie company owner (d. 1989)
  • 1917
    John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1917
    Lash LaRue, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Alberto Sordi, Italian actor and director (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (d. 2008)
  • 1921
    Erroll Garner, American musician (d. 1977)
  • 1922
    John Veale, English composer (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    Ezer Weizman, Israeli politician (d. 2005)
  • 1926
    Mac McGarry, American quiz show host
  • 1926
    Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Hugo Pratt, Italian comic book creator (d. 1995)
  • 1927
    Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1930
    Marcel Pronovost, Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • 1932
    Mario Cuomo, American politician
  • 1933
    Mark Jones, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1933
    Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (d. 2005)
  • 1934
    Jerry Buss, American basketball team owner
  • 1934
    Mikel Laboa, Spanish Basque singer and songwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1936
    Claude Brasseur, French actor
  • 1936
    William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate
  • 1937
    Waylon Jennings, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1938
    Billy Williams, American baseball player
  • 1939
    Brian Jacques, English novelist (d. 2011)
  • 1939
    Ward Connerly, American political figure
  • 1941
    Harry Nilsson, American singer and composer (d. 1994)
  • 1942
    John E. McLaughlin, American former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1943
    Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor
  • 1943
    Lee Shallat-Chemel, American television director
  • 1943
    Muff Winwood, British songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1943
    Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danish politician
  • 1943
    Xaviera Hollander, Dutch author
  • 1944
    Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • 1945
    Lawrence Wilkerson, American military officer
  • 1945
    Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Filipino senator
  • 1945
    Nicola Pagett, British actress
  • 1946
    Jack Horner, American paleontologist
  • 1946
    Noddy Holder, British singer (Slade)
  • 1947
    John Hoagland, American photographer
  • 1947
    Lee Purcell, American actress
  • 1948
    Mike Holmgren, American football coach
  • 1949
    Dusty Baker, American baseball player and manager
  • 1949
    Jim Varney, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1949
    Russell Hitchcock, Australian singer (Air Supply)
  • 1949
    Simon Callow, British actor
  • 1950
    Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist
  • 1951
    Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas)
  • 1951
    Vance A. Larson, American artist (d. 2000)
  • 1953
    Rita Lee, American model
  • 1954
    Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
  • 1954
    James Belushi, American actor
  • 1954
    Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager and humanitarian
  • 1955
    David Kennedy, American son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy (d. 1984)
  • 1955
    Julie Hagerty, American actress
  • 1956
    Ava Cadell, American actress
  • 1956
    Lance Parrish, American baseball player
  • 1956
    Polly Draper, American actress
  • 1956
    Robin Curtis, American actress
  • 1957
    Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor
  • 1958
    Riccardo Paletti, Italian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1958
    Wade Boggs, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Alan Brazil, British footballer
  • 1959
    Eileen Davidson, American actress
  • 1960
    Marieke van Doorn, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1960
    Michèle Laroque, French actress
  • 1961
    Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1961
    Kai Eckhardt, German bassist and composer (Garaj Mahal, Vital Information)
  • 1961
    Scott Norton, American professional wrestler
  • 1961
    Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1962
    Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
  • 1962
    Thomas Mikal Ford, American actor
  • 1963
    Blanca Portillo, Spanish actress
  • 1963
    Helen Hunt, American actress
  • 1963
    Mario Gosselin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963
    Nigel Walker, Welsh athlete and rugby union player
  • 1964
    Courteney Cox, American actress
  • 1964
    Gavin Greenaway, British composer
  • 1964
    Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • 1965
    Adam Smith, American politician
  • 1965
    Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • 1966
    Idalis DeLeon, American actress and singer
  • 1966
    Tory Burch, American fashion designer
  • 1967
    Yūji Ueda, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968
    Károly Güttler, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1968
    Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor
  • 1969
    Cédric Pioline, French tennis player
  • 1969
    Ice Cube, American rapper and actor
  • 1969
    Ken Jeong, American Actor
  • 1969
    Maurice Odumbe, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1969
    Nasos Galakteros, Greek basketball player
  • 1969
    Oliver Kahn, German footballer
  • 1970
    Christian Bauman, American novelist and essayist
  • 1970
    Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano
  • 1970
    Leah Remini, American actress
  • 1970
    Zan Tabak, Croatian basketball player
  • 1971
    Bif Naked, Canadian singer, poetess and actress
  • 1971
    Christos Myriounis, Greek basketball player
  • 1971
    Edwin Brienen, Dutch director
  • 1971
    Jake Busey, American actor
  • 1972
    Andy Pettitte, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Chloe Dao, American fashion designer
  • 1972
    Hank Von Helvete, Norwegian vocalist (Turbonegro)
  • 1972
    Justin Leonard, American golfer
  • 1972
    Marcus Hahnemann, American footballer
  • 1973
    Greg Vaughan, American actor
  • 1973
    Neil Patrick Harris, American actor
  • 1973
    Pia Miranda, Australian actress
  • 1973
    Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer
  • 1975
    Elizabeth Reaser, American actress
  • 1975
    Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer
  • 1976
    Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish singer and songwriter (Snow Patrol)
  • 1977
    Michael Doleac, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Nina Liu, Australian actress
  • 1978
    Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
  • 1978
    Zach Day, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • 1979
    Danielle Lineker, Welsh model
  • 1979
    Julia Schultz, American model
  • 1979
    Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • 1980
    Almudena Cid Tostado, Spanish gymnast
  • 1980
    Cara Zavaleta, American model
  • 1980
    Christopher Castile, American actor
  • 1980
    Mary Carey, American pornographic actress
  • 1981
    Daniel Vosovic, American fashion designer
  • 1981
    Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • 1981
    John Paintsil, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1981
    Jordi Vilasuso, American actor
  • 1982
    Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1982
    Haley Scarnato, American singer
  • 1982
    Katie Chapman, English footballer
  • 1982
    Mike Delany, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983
    Derek Anderson, American football player
  • 1983
    Josh McGuire, Canadian fencer
  • 1983
    Julia Fischer, German violinist
  • 1983
    Laura Imbruglia, Australian musician
  • 1984
    Luke Hodge, Australian footballer
  • 1984
    Mauro Rizzo, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1988
    Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
  • 1990
    Denzel Whitaker, American actor
  • 1990
    Miwa, Japanese singer-songwriter

Who Died On June 15?

  • 923
    King Robert I of France (b. 866)
  • 991
    Empress Theophanu, Byzantine wife of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 960)
  • 1073
    Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (b. 1034)
  • 1246
    Duke Frederick II of Austria (b. 1219)
  • 1341
    Andronikos III Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1297)
  • 1381
    John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. c. 1346)
  • 1381
    Wat Tyler, English rebel (b. 1341)
  • 1383
    John VI Cantacuzenus, Byzantine Emperor (b. c. 1292)
  • 1389
    Murad I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1326)
  • 1389
    Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović, Serbian Orthodox saint (b. 1329)
  • 1467
    Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1396)
  • 1521
    Tamás Bakócz, Hungarian Catholic cardinal and statesman (b. 1442)
  • 1560
    William Sommers, Best known court jester of Henry VIII of England (b.1525)
  • 1614
    Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1679
    Guillaume Courtois, French painter (b. 1628)
  • 1724
    Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • 1768
    James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)
  • 1772
    Louis-Claude Daquin, French composer (b. 1694)
  • 1844
    Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (b. 1777)
  • 1849
    James Knox Polk, 11th President of the United States (b. 1795)
  • 1858
    Ary Scheffer, Dutch-French painter (b. 1795)
  • 1888
    Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 1889
    Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (b. 1850)
  • 1890
    Unryū Kyūkichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 10th Yokozuna (b. 1822)
  • 1917
    Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1934
    Alfred Bruneau, French composer (b. 1857)
  • 1938
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German expressionist painter and printmaker (b. 1880)
  • 1941
    Evelyn Underhill, British writer (b. 1875)
  • 1941
    Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873)
  • 1961
    Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1962
    Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist (b. 1877)
  • 1965
    E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902)
  • 1965
    Steve Cochran, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1968
    Sam Crawford, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1968
    Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist (b. 1925)
  • 1971
    Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1976
    Jimmy Dykes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1896)
  • 1983
    Srirangam Srinivasarao (Sri Sri), Indian Telugu poet (b. 1910)
  • 1984
    Meredith Willson, American composer (b. 1902)
  • 1985
    Andy Stanfield, American sprinter (b. 1927)
  • 1985
    Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 1989
    Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Victor French, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler, American politician and commissioner of baseball (b. 1898)
  • 1991
    Arthur Lewis, British economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 1993
    James Hunt, English racing driver and 1976 Formula One world champion (b. 1947)
  • 1993
    John Connally, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1994
    Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (b. 1925)
  • 1995
    John Vincent Atanasoff, American computer pioneer (b. 1903)
  • 1996
    Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 1996
    Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2001
    Maria Foka, Greek actress (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Choi Hong Hi, South Korean founder of Taekwondo (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Suzanne Flon, French actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Raymond Devos, French humourist (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler and valet (b. 1958)
  • 2008
    Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 2011
    Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)

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