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On June 15th, 1215, King John put
his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great
Charter") at Runnymede, England, granting
his barons more liberty.
On this date:
In 1520, Pope Leo the Tenth threatened to
excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant
his religious beliefs.
In 1775, the
Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to
appoint George Washington head of the Continental
In 1836, Arkansas
became the 25th state.
In 1849, James
the eleventh president of the United States, died
in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1864, Secretary
of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order
establishing a military burial ground, which
became Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1904, more than
a thousand people died when fire erupted aboard
the steamboat "General Slocum" in New
York's East River.
In 1944, American
forces began their successful invasion of Saipan
during World War Two. Meanwhile, B-29
Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan.
In 1960, the Billy
Wilder movie "The Apartment," starring
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, opened in New
In 1978, King
Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American
Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.
In 1994, Israel
and the Vatican established full diplomatic
Ten years ago:
Real estate mogul Donald Trump missed a payment
due on junk bonds used to finance one of his
Atlantic City, New Jersey, resorts.
Five years ago:
President Clinton met with Japanese Prime
Minister Tomiichi Murayama on the opening day of
a Group of Seven summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
At the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Simpson
struggled to don a pair of gloves that
prosecutors said were worn the night Simpson's
ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman,
One year ago:
Thousands of Ethnic Albanian refugees flooded
back into Kosovo while thousands of Serbs fled.
Vessels from North Korea and South Korea clashed
on the Yellow Sea; about 30 North Korean sailors
are believed to have died. A magnitude 6.7
earthquake in central Mexico killed at least 17
"Faith and doubt
both are needed -- not as antagonists, but
working side by side -- to take us around the
Lillian Smith, American author (1897-1966).