Today in History - June 20

1212 - French & Spanish crusaders unite against the Almohaden at Toledo

1214 - The University of Oxford receives its charter

1756 - Black Hole of Calcutta - 146 British soldiers imprisoned in small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die

1782 - Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America & the bald eagle as its symbol

1791 - King Louis XVI caught trying to escape French Revolution

1840 - Samuel Morse patents his telegraph



1863 - 1st bank chartered in US - National Bank of Davenport Iowa

1866 - Italy declares war on Austria

1867 - US President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska

1874 - 1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded to Lucian Clemons

1895 - Caroline Willard Baldwin becomes 1st female PhD (in Science)from an American University, Cornell University

1907 - 1st Portland Rose festival held in Portland, Oregon

1936 - Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

1968 - Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds

1975 - "Jaws" is released

1990 - 40,000-50,000 die in a earthquake of 7.6 in Iran

1990 - Asteroid Eureka is discovered

2010 - "Despicable Me" premieres at Moscow Film Festival




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