Sunday, June 15
The Associated Press
Jun. 08, 2014
Today is Sunday, June 15, the 166th day of 2014. There are 199 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1167 - The city of Copenhagen's official birthday. A document from this day mentions the city for the first time.
1215 - King John of England grants some civil liberties when he signs the Magna Carta under pressure from nobles.
1520 - Pope Leo excommunicates Martin Luther by the Bull Exsurge.
1567 - The troops of Mary, Queen of Scots, refuse to fight rebels at Carberry Hill, and she surrenders on the condition that her husband is allowed to escape.
1672 - Dutch flood parts of Holland to save Amsterdam from the French.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin demonstrates that lightning is an electrical discharge when he launches a kite during a storm at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1862 - Turkish forces bombard Belgrade after Serb uprising there.
1904 - More than 1,000 people die in fire aboard steamboat General Slocum off New York City.
1919 - British pilots John William Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown complete the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic, flying from Newfoundland, to Ireland.
1940 - Germans outflank Maginot Line in France during World War II.
1944 - U.S. forces begin invasion of Japanese-held Saipan Island in the Marianas in Pacific. It becomes a base for bombing raids against Japan.
1970 - Martial law is declared in Turkey when serious rioting breaks out.
1991 - Kuwait's martial law court sentences six newspaper workers to death for working on an Iraqi publication during the occupation of Kuwait.
1992 - Japan's Parliament approves the use of troops overseas for the first time since World War II, enabling Japan to join international peacekeeping operations.
1993 - Bosnian city of Gorazde is hit with heavy Serb shelling for the 19th day in a row and the U.N. aid airlift is suspended.
1995 - The U.N. Security Council votes to enlarge its force in Bosnia to include up to 12,500 heavily armed troops.
1996 - A bomb explodes in a van near a shopping center in Manchester, England, injuring more than 200 people. Local police and British and Irish leaders believe it was the IRA.
1997 - In Cartagena, Colombian rebels release 70 soldiers captive for nearly a year. In return, the government evacuates its military from a swath of land.
1998 - Nigeria's new military leadership releases nine of the country's most prominent political prisoners, including Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who becomes president less than a year later.
1999 - After a final spree of burning, shooting and alleged rapes, Yugoslav forces withdraw from Kosovo's border region with Albania.
2000 - Roman Catholic bishop Augustin Misago, accused of helping orchestrate the 1994 slaughter of more than a half-million Rwandans, is cleared of genocide charges and set free.
2001 - Germany's fund to compensate Nazi-era slave laborers announces plans to compensate elderly survivors. Up to 1.5 million surviving slave and forced laborers — most in central and eastern Europe — are expected to be eligible for payments.
2003 - Five suspected al-Qaida militants and two policemen are killed during overnight gun battles in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The militants shot their way through a checkpoint killing two policemen and then fled to a nearby apartment building, which was booby trapped. The ensuing gun battles killed the five men and injured at least 5 bystanders.
2004 - Iraq's neighbors endorse the US-backed administration and the transfer of power, giving a boost to Iraq's quest for international legitimacy.
2005 - Spanish police arrest 16 Islamic terror suspects in raids in several cities, including 11 suspected members of a group thought to have ties to Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq.
2006 - Cleanup crews in northern China scramble to absorb 60 tons of toxic coal tar accidentally dumped into the Dasha river before it reaches a reservoir serving 10 million people.
2007 - Ethiopia accepts a U.N. commission's ruling to turn over a disputed town to Eritrea after years of conflict and a tense border dispute.
2008 - Soldiers fighting through a torrent of mud and rocks dig out three more bodies at a hot spring, bringing the death toll from a magnitude 7.2-earthquake that hit the mountains of northern Japan to at least nine, with more than 200 injured.
2009 - In a massive outpouring reminiscent of the Iranian Revolution three decades ago, hundreds of thousands of Iranians stream through the capital, and the fist-waving protesters denounce President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim to victory in a disputed election.
2010 - The U.N. finds evidence of bloody intent behind the chaos in Kyrgyzstan that killed hundreds, left the nation's second-biggest city a smoldering ruin and sent more than 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks fleeing.
2011 — The Pakistani army denies that one of its majors is among a group of Pakistanis who Western officials say were arrested for feeding the CIA information before the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
2012 — Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood pins its hopes on weekend elections to salvage its waning political fortunes, responding to a court order dissolving its power base in parliament by urging voters to support the Islamic group's candidate for president, Mohammed Morsi.
2013 — Wild celebrations break out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani caps a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency , throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners.
Issa, Japanese poet (1763-1828); Thomas Mitchell, British explorer of Australia, (1792-1855); Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (1843-1907); Jim Belushi, U.S. actor (1954--); Julie Hagerty, U.S. actress (1955--); Helen Hunt, U.S. actress (1963--); Courteney Cox, U.S. actress (1964--); Ice Cube, U.S. rapper/actor (1969--); Johnny Hallyday, French rock singer/actor (1943--); Neil Patrick Harris, U.S. actor (1973--).
Thought For Today:
War is a contagion — Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president (1882-1945).