Tuesday June 15, 2010 – This Day in History-Ella Fitzgerald

June 15, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Births

  • 1902 – Erik Erikson, German-born American psychoanalyst.
  • 1914 – Saul Steinberg, Romanian-born American cartoonist and illustrator.
  • 1937 – Waylon Jennings, American country music singer.
  • 1954 – James Belushi, American actor.
  • 1958 – Wade Boggs, American baseball hall-of-famer.
  • 1964 – Courteney Cox Arquette, American actress and former fashion model.


  • 1467 – Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. (should be Philip the horny)
    • Philip III, Duke of Burgundy He was a member of a cadet line of the Valois dynasty (the then Royal family of France). During his reign Burgundy reached the height of its prosperity and prestige and became a leading center of the arts. Philip is known in history for his administrative reforms, patronage of Flemish artists such as Jan van Eyck, and the capture of Joan of Arc.
    • Born in Dijon, he was the son of John the Fearless
    • Philip also had some eighteen illegitimate children, including Antoine, bastard of Burgundy, by twenty-four documented mistresses
    • In 1430 Philip’s troops captured Joan of Arc at Compiègne and later handed her over to the English who orchestrated a heresy trial against her,
    • 1995 – John Vincent Atanasoff, American computer pioneer.
    • 1996 – Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz vocalist.

Notable Events

1215 – King John put his seal to Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteeing that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew the kite with a key tied to its string and proved that lightning contained electricity.

1775 – The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington as head of the Continental Army.

1836 – Arkansas became the 25th state.

1844 – Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber; it was disputed in court and the decisive victory not reached until 1852.

1846 – Representatives of Great Britain and the United States signed the Oregon Treaty, which established the US-Canadian border.

1864 – Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a national military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

1956 – Fifteen-year-old John Lennon (b. 9 October 1940) of the music group, The Quarrymen, met 13-year-old Paul McCartney(b. 18 June 1942) and invited him to join the group.

1969 – “Hee Haw” premiered on TV.

1994 – Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.

2003 – Accounting firm Arthur Andersen was convicted of obstruction of justice in the wake of the 2001 Enron scandal.


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