What do the Eadweard Muybridge, the Magna Carta and Christopher Columbus have in common? All three share an important anniversary on June 15th.
1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres of former Confederate General Robert E. Lee's estate in Arlington, Virginia are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
1878 – Based on a bet with Stanford University founder (and horseman) Leland Stanford, Photographer Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs. This landmark study will form the basis of motion pictures.
1888 – Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire. Due to the death of his predecessors Wilhelm I and Frederick III, 1888 is the Year of the Three Emperors.
1992 – The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the United States for trial, without approval from those other countries.
2012 – Nik Wallenda, of the famous Flying Wallendas Clan, becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
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