Today in History - June 12

1381 - Peasant's Revolt - Rebels arrive at Blackheath

1442 - King Alfonso V of Aragon occupies Naples

1560 - Battle of Okehazama - Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto

1653 - 1st Anglo-Dutch War - Battle of the Gabbard, English fleet beats the Dutch

1665 - New Amsterdam legally becomes an English colony and renamed New York after English Duke of York

1701 - Act of Settlement gives English crown to Sophia, Princess of Hanover

1776 - Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights

1787 - US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 year old

1792 - Captain George Vancouver discover site of Vancouver BC

1838 - Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

1845 - George Abernethy becomes 1st governor of Oregon Country

1849 - Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett

1860 - The State Bank of the Russian Empire is established

1898 - Philippine nationalists declares independence from Spain to US control

1903 - Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city

1939 - Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY

1947 - Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Champ

1963 - "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor premiers in NYC

1981 - "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", the 1st an Indiana Jones film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Harrison Ford premieres

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