June 20-This Day in History-Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births

June 20, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

840 – Vikings sailed up the Seine in France as far as Rouen, for the first time.

1756 – In India, over 140 British subjects were imprisoned in a cell called “the Black Hole of Calcutta” only 23 survived.

1782 – Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.

1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a cotton gin patent.

1837 – Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

1863 – West Virginia became the 35th state.

1893 – A jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

1898 – During the Spanish-American War, the USS Charleston captured the Spanish-ruled island of Guam.

1900 – Chinese nationalists launch the so-called Boxer Rebellion in Peking.

1948 – The variety series “Toast of the Town,” hosted by Ed Sullivan, debuted on TV; it became “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1955.

1955 – The AFL and CIO agreed to combine names for a merged group.

1963 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot line between Washington and Moscow.

1967 – Boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

1977 – Crude oil from the nation’s largest oil field began flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline to the port of Valdez, Alaska.

1993 – The Chicago Bulls became the first NBA team in 27 seasons to win three successive championships.

1997 – The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for major relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.

2001 – Pervez Musharraf was declared the President of Pakistan after winning the electoral college majority.

2003 – The formation of Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. was announced.

Notable Births

  • 236 BC – Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War (d. 183 BC)
  • 1763 – Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot (d. 1798)
  • 1899 – Jean Moulin, French World War II Resistance hero.
  • 1905 – Lillian Hellman, American playwright and screenwriter.
  • 1909 – Errol Flynn, Australian-born American film actor.
    • I like my whisky old and my women young. 
      Errol Flynn 
    • 1924 – Audie Murphy, American actor.

Notable Deaths

  •  451 – Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
  • 1597 – Willem Barentsz, Dutch navigator (b. 1550)
  • 1776 – Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
  • 1787 – Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
  • 1800 – Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1870 – Jules de Goncourt, French writer (b. 1830)
  • 1945 – Bruno Frank, German author (b. 1878)
  • 1947 – Bugsy Siegel, American crime figure (b. 1906)
  • 1958 – Kurt Alder, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1995 – Emil Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2005 – Larry Collins, American writer (b. 1929)

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4 Responses to “ June 20-This Day in History-Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births ”

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