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June 20 Historical Events

The following events took place on June 20. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 41 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 451
    Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius’ battles Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
  • 1248
    The University of Oxford receives its Royal charter.
  • 1631
    The sack of Baltimore: The Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
  • 1652
    Tarhoncu Ahmed Pasha is appointed Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1685
    Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater.
  • 1756
    A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
  • 1782
    The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1787
    Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the 'United States'.
  • 1789
    Deputies of the French Third Estate take the Tennis Court Oath.
  • 1819
    The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, United Kingdom. It is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail.
  • 1837
    Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1840
    Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1862
    Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state.
  • 1877
    Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1887
    Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay.
  • 1893
    Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1895
    The Kiel Canal, crossing the base of the Jutland peninsula and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, is officially opened.
  • 1900
    Boxer Rebellion: The Imperial Chinese Army begins a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
  • 1900
    Baron Eduard Toll, leader of the Russian Polar Expedition of 1900, departs Saint Petersburg in Russia on the explorer ship Zarya, never to return.
  • 1921
    Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike.
  • 1940
    World War II: Italy begins an unsuccessful invasion of France.
  • 1941
    The United States Army Air Corps is deprecated to being the American training and logistics section of what is known until 1947 as the United States Army Air Forces, just two days before Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • 1942
    The Holocaust: Kazimierz Piechowski and three others, dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, steal an SS staff car and escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 1943
    The Detroit race riot breaks out and continues for three more days.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.
  • 1944
    Continuation War: The Soviet Union demands an unconditional surrender from Finland during the beginning of partially successful Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive. The Finnish government refuses.
  • 1945
    The United States Secretary of State approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to America.
  • 1948
    Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 1956
    A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey, killing 74 people.

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