5 Fascinating Facts that Happened in History on June 15
Who is curious about the world, history and how the past affects people today? Here are 5 interesting items that happened on this date in history, June 15th. These fun facts were found on www.wikipedia.org.
- 1215 – King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta required King John to proclaim certain liberties to his feudal barons and accept that his will was not arbitrary—for example by explicitly accepting that no "freeman" (non-serf) could be punished except through the law of the land. This is especially interesting to me from both a general and personal historical perspective, as on my mother's side we have two signers on the Magna Carta.
- 1648– Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The witch-hunts like this were a sad chapter in U.S. history.
- 1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys. It's amazing to me that this occurred over 300 years ago.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown). Who can forget the image of Ben Franklin flying a kite with a key tied to it in a storm?
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. This is one of the first roles for the man who would become known as "the Father of our country."
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