Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

Magna Carta sealed by King John: 15 June 1215 – This Day in History

Magna Carta—a charter of English liberties that occupies a unique place in the popular imagination as a symbol and a battle cry against oppression—was sealed this day, under threat of civil war, by King John in 1215.

More Events on this day:

1944: During World War II, U.S. Marines attacked Saipan in the Mariana Islands.

1903: American automobile-racing driver Barney Oldfield accomplished the first mile-a-minute performance in a car at Indianapolis, Indiana.

1846: The United States and Britain signed the Oregon Treaty, establishing the border between Canada and the United States at latitude 49° N.

1844: Charles Goodyear received a patent for the process of rubber vulcanization.

1775: George Washington was named commander in chief of the colonies by the Continental Congress.

1752: Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a storm in Philadelphia to demonstrate the relationship between electricity and lightning.

1389: The Battle of Kosovo, fought between the armies of the Serbian prince Lazar and the forces of the Ottoman sultan Murad I, concluded with an Ottoman victory.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily