This Day in History

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1179 - [[Nidaros]] -Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the Civil war era in Norway|civil wars.

1269 - [[Louis IX of France]] -orders all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten French livre|livres of silver.

1306 - [[Earl of Pembroke]] -s army defeats Robert the Bruce|Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.

1586 - [[Roanoke Island]] -after failing to establish Roanoke Colony|England's first permanent settlement in North America.

1816 - [[Battle of Seven Oaks]] -between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1821 - [[Filiki Eteria]] -by the Ottomans at Drăgășani (in Wallachia).

1846 - [[History of baseball in the United States|baseball]] -game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.

1850 - [[Louise of the Netherlands]] -marries Charles XV of Sweden|Crown Prince Karl of Sweden–Norway.

1857 - [[19 June 1857 law]] -(Loi relative à l'assainissement et de mise en culture des Landes de Gascogne): A turning point in the history of the Landes forest.

1862 - [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] -prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

1865 - [[Emancipation Proclamation]] -slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

1867 - [[Maximilian I of Mexico|Maximilian I]] -of the Second Mexican Empire is executed by a Execution by firing squad|firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro.

1875 - [[Herzegovina Uprising (1875–77)|Herzegovinian rebellion]] -against the Ottoman Empire begins.

1910 - [[Father's Day]] -is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1911 - [[Molde FK]] -was founded.

1913 - [[Natives Land Act, 1913]] -in South Africa implemented.

1917 - [[solar eclipse of June 19, 1917]] -

1934 - [[Communications Act of 1934]] -establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

1936 - [[solar eclipse of June 19, 1936]] -

1944 - [[World War II]] -First day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

1953 - [[Julius and Ethel Rosenberg]] -are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

1961 - [[Kuwait]] -declares independence from the United Kingdom.

1964 - [[Civil Rights Act of 1964]] -is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.

1965 - [[Nguyễn Cao Kỳ]] -becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu becomes the figurehead chief of state.

1966 - [[Shiv Sena]] -a political party in India is founded in Mumbai.

1970 - [[Patent Cooperation Treaty]] -is signed.

1978 - [[Garfield]] -holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.

1982 - [[Hezbollah]] -David S. Dodge, president of the American University of Beirut, is kidnapped.

1985 - [[Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers]] -dressed as El Salvador|Salvadoran soldiers, 1985 Zona Rosa attacks|attack the Zona Rosa area of San Salvador.

1987 - [[ETA]] -commits one of its 1987 Hipercor bombing|most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45.

1990 - [[Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989]] -is ratified for the first time by Norway.

1990 - [[Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic]] -is founded in Moscow.

1991 - [[Soviet occupation of Hungary]] -ends.

2007 - [[2007 al-Khilani Mosque bombing|al-Khilani Mosque bombing]] -in Baghdad leaves 78 people dead and another 218 injured.

2009 - [[Shishou incident|Mass riots]] -involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers break out in Shishou, China, over the dubious circumstances surrounding the death of a local chef.

2009 - [[War in North-West Pakistan]] -The Pakistani Armed Forces open Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the Taliban and other Islamist rebels in the South Waziristan area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

2010 - [[Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling]] -was held at Storkyrkan in Stockholm.

2012 - [[WikiLeaks]] -founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified information|classified documents including footage of July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike|civilian killings by the US army.

2014 - [[Felipe VI of Spain|Felipe VI]] -Prince of Asturias, rises to the Monarchy of Spain|Spanish throne following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I of Spain|Juan Carlos I.

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