TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: July 15
1099 City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
1381 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England
1685 The Duke of Monmouth is executed in Tower Hill in England.
1789 The electors of Paris set up a “Commune” to live without the authority of the government.
1863 Confederate raider Bill Anderson and his Bushwhackers attack Huntsville, Missouri, stealing $45,000 from the local bank.
1869 Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries.
1870 Georgia became the last of the Confederate States to be readmitted to the Union.
1870 Hudson’s Bay & Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
1885 In New York, the Niagara Reservation State Park opened.
1901 Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers go on strike.
1904 1st Buddhist temple in US established, Los Angeles
1922 1st duck-billed platypus publicly exhibited in US, at NY zoo
1942 The first supply flight from India to China over the ‘Hump’ is flown.
1958 Five thousand U.S. Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon, to protect the pro-Western government. The troops withdrew October 25, 1958.
1975 The Russian Soyuz and the U.S. Apollo launched. The Apollo-Soyuz mission was the first international manned spaceflight.
1983 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France
1985 Baseball players voted to strike on August 6th if no contract was reached with baseball owners. The strike turned out to be just a one-day interruption.
1994 Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collides with Jupiter
1996 MSNBC is launched
2006 The social networking service Twitter was launched.
2010 After 86 days of gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico and several previous attempts to contain the flow, BP caps its leaking oil well.
REFERENCE: HISTORY.NET, ONTHISDAY.COM, TIMEANDDATE.COM, INFOPLEASE.COM, FACTMONSTER.COM, SCOPESYS.COM, ON-THIS-DAY.COM, THEPEOPLEHISTORY.COM