This day in history

Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2013. There are 199 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former New York governor Mario Cuomo is 81. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs is 55. Actress Helen Hunt is 50.
Actress Courteney Cox is 49. Actor-rapper Ice Cube is 44. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 40.

In 1215, England’s King John put his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede.


In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

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In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.

In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, now Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1902, the 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train between New York and Chicago, began service. (The Limited made its last run in Dec. 1967.)

In 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York’s East River.


In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first night game at Ebbets Field, four days after leaving the Boston Bees hitless in a 3-0 win.

In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II.

In 1978, King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.