June 11, 1967 CE – The Six Day War Ends

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June 11, 1967 CE – The Six Day War Ends5 (100%) 1 vote For the first time in a week, the sun rose in peaceful skies around the Sinai Peninsula on June 11th,1967. The nation of Israel, surrounded by hostile armies from Egypt, Syria and Jordan, scored an impressive victory – tripling its land holdings in the region in very short order. Much of the territory that fills peace talks and news broadcasts today was claimed by the tiny Jewish state during this battle: the Gaza Strip, West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights remain within the contested Israeli borders still. Since 1949, tensions in the region had boiled over […]

June 12, 1897 CE – More than 1500 Killed by Earthquake in Assam, India

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June 12, 1897 CE – More than 1500 Killed by Earthquake in Assam, IndiaRate this post Along the southern edge of the Himalayas, one of the world’s most diverse geographical areas spreads out like a lush green carpet. The natural beauty – raved about for generations by natives and visitors alike – fell victim to the worst Mother Nature has to offer on June 12, 1897. Shortly after 5pm that evening, a thunderous rumbling was heard emanating from the ground. After three foreboding minutes, the shock reached the surface, shaking for approximately 150 seconds and registering at a magnitude 8.1 on the moment magnitude scale. To this day, only a […]

June 13, 1865 CE – Birth of William Butler Yeats

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June 13, 1865 CE – Birth of William Butler Yeats1 (20%) 1 vote In a small coastal town to the southeast of Dublin, the famed Irish poet and nationalist William Butler Yeats was born on June 13th, 1865 to John Butler Yeats and Mary Pollexfen. Within a few months of his birth, the family moved nearer to his mother’s parents in Sligo on the opposite side of the country. Growing up amongst its lush green hillsides, he would remember the area fondly for the rest of his life, often visiting during the summer months to relax and recuperate. After bouncing back and forth between London and Dublin, the Yeats family […]

June 14, 1985 – The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847

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June 14, 1985 – The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847Rate this post At 10:10am local time in Athens, a trademark white-and-red Boeing 727 owned by TransWorld Airlines lifted off the runway bound for Rome carrying 145 passengers and a staff of eight crew. A little more than twenty minutes later, a serene two-hour flight to Rome turned into a nightmare for all on board – one that lasted more than two weeks past June 14, 1985 for some of the hostages. War rages, to some extent, at all times in the Middle East due to the complex issues surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict. The hijacking of TWA Flight 847, though, happened […]

June 15, 1215 – The Signing of the Magna Carta

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June 15, 1215 – The Signing of the Magna CartaRate this post For generations, the rule of law in England was a disorganized mess. Subject to local tradition far more than national statute, subjects within the kingdom were often tried in cruel and unusual ways based on the whims of the particular landowner on whose property the crime was committed. As late as the 12th century, a “trial” could be conducted “by immersing a bandaged hand into boiling water for some minutes.” In order to combat abuses by the monarchy and set up a uniform code, British nobles forced King John to guarantee a common set of rights while agreeing […]

June 16, 1829 – The Birth of Geronimo

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June 16, 1829 – The Birth of GeronimoRate this post Outlaw. Renegade. Warrior. One of the most famous figures in the long and sordid history of the American West was born on June 16th, 1829 somewhere along the Gila River. The exact location is unknown, leading to a dispute between the cities of Clifton, Arizona and Silver City, New Mexico – both wish to claim the Apache hero as a native son for tourism purposes. Geronimo’s story is one synonymous with the encroachment of European settlers and Mexican soldiers: angry at the disrespect and lawlessness exhibited by these unwelcome populations on his native lands, tribes often retaliated with murderous rampages […]

June 17, 1854 CE – Red Turban Rebellion begins in Guangdong Province, China

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June 17, 1854 CE – Red Turban Rebellion begins in Guangdong Province, ChinaRate this post As the spring months came to a close, the sun just began to ascend into the Chinese sky on the morning of June 17, 1854. On that day, in a tiny town about 75 miles west of Hong Kong called Taishan, a war between rival clans broke out that would result in over a million deaths over the next twelve years. The roots of the conflict date back nearly 200 years, when the Qing Dynasty usurped the throne of China from the Ming royal family. Loyalists to the overthrown king, displaced to Taiwan, immediately began […]

June 18 860 CE – Rus Vikings invade Constantinople

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June 18 860 CE – Rus Vikings invade Constantinople3 (60%) 2 votes Just as the sun set behind the coastal capital of the Greek Orthodox Empire on this day in 860, a flotilla of 200 Viking warships began making landfall in the suburbs of Constantinople. Off-guard and unprotected, the city was only spared thanks to a curious decision by the Rus to turn out into the Sea of Marmara. The history of the event is, in large part, a mystery. Records of an invasion are clear: contemporary sermons from Patriarch Photius of the Greek Orthodox Church are filled with pleas to the congregation for prayers to the Theotokos (Mary, mother […]

June 19, 1963 CE – Valentina Tereshkova Returns to Earth

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June 19, 1963 CE – Valentina Tereshkova Returns to EarthRate this post After three days in space, the first woman to ever be launched into orbit returned to terra firma on this day in 1963. Valentina Tereshkova, a 26-year-old parachute enthusiast with just a year’s worth of flight training, would have to wait sixteen years to before she had company in one of history’s most exclusive clubs. Tereshkova’s rise to become one of the most prominent figures in Russia is nearly a fairy tale. Born on March 6, 1937 in the tiny town of Maslennikovo to a pair of Belarussian immigrants, her “proletariat background” played a role in her selection […]

June 20: 451 CE – Attila the Hun is Turned Back At Last

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June 20: 451 CE – Attila the Hun is Turned Back At LastRate this post The sun rose gently over northeastern France on this morning in 451 CE, shining a light upon the furrowed brow of Europe’s most fearsome enemy, Attila the Hun. Standing over the scattered entrails of a sacrificed animal, he has just heard an ominous forecast from tribal prophets. Attila had, as always, followed Hunnic tradition to the letter: he listened intently as his seers picked through the scattered organs in search of truth from the gods the morning before a major battle – it’s just that he had rarely heard a prediction of doom. Just over […]