TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – JUNE 16
0455 Rome is sacked by the Vandal army.
1487 The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.
1567 Mary Queen of Scots thrown into Lochleven Castle prison
1858 Abraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
1884 The first American roller coaster (switchback railway) in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.
1903 Ford Motors incorporates
1904 Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
1910 The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1933 US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.
1952 Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.
1955 The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1963 Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space
1976 South African police kill hundreds of protesting schoolchildren . An estimated 20,000 youth were protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as the languages of instruction in their schools
1987 Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz acquitted on all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him
1992 U.S. President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to reduce strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
1999 The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
2000 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms
2004 The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.
2010 The world’s first country-wide total tobacco ban goes into effect. Bhutan banned the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products.
2011 Riots erupted on the streets of Vancouver, Canada after the city’s hockey team was defeated by the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
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