Today's Holidays for June 15
Feast Day of St. Vitus Patron saint of those with chorea (a condition characterized by involuntary rapid motions, such as shoulder shrugs, grimacing, and finger flexing).
Today's History Trivia for June 15
1877 First Black to Graduate from West Point Henry O. Flipper. He went on to become the first nonwhite officer to lead buffalo soldiers of the 10th Cavalry. He was court martialed and discharged from the Army (1882). His descendants applied for a review of Flipper's court martial which led to a pardon from President Bill Clinton (1999).
1785 First Known Aviation Fatality French balloon aviators Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Pierre Romain became the first known aviation fatalities when their balloon crashed while attempting to cross the English Channel.
1992 Vice-Pres. Dan Quayle misspells "potato" at an elementary school spelling bee.
1919 First non-stop transatlantic airplane flight British aviators Captain John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown take off, completing their trip on June 16.
1878 First attempt at motion pictures Leland Stanford commissions Eadweard Muybridge to film a horse galloping using 12 cameras, each taking one picture. He was trying to determine if a horse ever lifts all four hooves from the ground while galloping. (Click to view animation).
1846 Treaty signed with Great Britain setting the 49th parallel as the northwest boundary making Idaho, Oregon, and Washington undisputed U.S. territory.
1836 Arkansas becomes the 25th state.
1775 American Revolution George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
1752 Franklin Flies a Kite Ben Franklin performs his famous experiment, proving that lighting and electricity are related.
1649 First American witchcraft trial Margaret Jones is convicted and executed in Charleston, Massachusetts.
1215 Magna Carta is signed by King John, at Runnymede. Among other things it provide a uniform system of measurements.
Today's Birthdays for June 15
1973 Neil Patrick Harris American actor, magician. TV: Doogie Howser, M.D. (Title role), How I Met Your Mother (Barney Stinson). Film: Harold & Kumar.
1964 Courteney Cox American actress. Film: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994, Ace's girlfriend Lauren), Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), and Scream 3 (2000). TV: Family Ties (Alex's girlfriend) and Friends (Monica Geller).
1963 Helen Hunt American actress. TV: St. Elsewhere (Dr. Morrison's Girlfriend Clancy).
1954 James Belushi American comedian, actor. Film: Red Heat (1988).
1950 Michel Lotito French omnivore. His diet has included 10 bicycles, 7 TVs, 6 chandeliers, a Cessna light aircraft, a shopping cart, and a coffin. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1946 Janet Lennon American singer, one of the Lennon Sisters. She and her sisters were a mainstay of The Lawrence Welk Show during the 50's and 60's.
1943 Johnny Hallyday French rock idol. Known for his French versions of hits by stars like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.
1941 Harry Nilsson d. 1994 (Harry Nelson), American Grammy-winning singer, songwriter. Music: wrote One (#1 for Three Dog Night), Everybody's Talking (1969, Grammy, theme to the movie Midnight Cowboy), and the animated TV film The Point!
1937 Waylon Jennings d. 2002 American Grammy-winning Country Music Hall of Fame singer. He was supposed to be on the plane that crashed and killed Buddy Holly, but had given his seat to J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. He had jokingly commented to Holly before the flight, "I hope your darn ole plane crashes." Music: Turn the Page (1985) Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, and the theme song for TV's The Dukes of Hazzard (he also narrated the show).
1932 Mario Cuomo American politician, governor of New York.
1914 Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov d. 1984 Soviet leader.
1807 William Nast d. 1899 American clergyman. Founder of the first German Methodist church in the U.S.
Deaths for June 15
1785 Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier b. 1754 French aviation pioneer. He and Marquis d'Arlandes made the first manned free balloon flight (1783). He died in a balloon crash while attempting to cross the English Channel. He and his copilot, Pierre Romain, became the first known aviation fatalities.
2014 Casey Kasem b. 1932 (Kamal Amin Kasem), American music historian, radio host, voiceover actor. Radio: The countdown program American Top 40. TV: Scooby-Do, Where Are You! (voice of Shaggy). Famous sign off: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
2003 Hume Cronyn b. 1911 Canadian Tony-winning actor, director. Film: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).
John Connally Jr
American politician, governor of Texas (1963-68), Pres. Nixon's treasury secretary (1971-72). He was shot while riding with Pres. Kennedy during his assassination (1963).
1989 Victor French b. 1934 American actor. TV: Little House on the Prairie (Isaiah Edwards) and Highway to Heaven (Mark Gordman).
1929 Charles Francis Brush b. 1849 American electrician, inventor of the arc light.
1888 Frederick III b. 1831 Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia (March - June 1888). He died of cancer shortly after ascending to the throne.
1849 James Knox Polk b. 1795 11th U.S. President (1845-49). He led the U.S. to victory in the Mexican-American War (1846-48).