June 15: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On June 15, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. In the Gregorian calendar, June 15th is the 166th day of the year. On this day in history, George Washington is named Continental Army commander-in-chief, France surrenders and German troops capture Paris (World War II), and Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to safely tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.

Gemini is the zodiac sign for June 15th. Courteney Cox, Ice Cube, Mohamed Salah, Helen Hunt, and Leah Remini all had famous birthdays. It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today.


(June 15, 1215)
King John signed the Magna Carta, a charter of English freedoms that has become a symbol and a battle cry against injustice in the popular imagination, on this day in 1215, under threat of civil war.


(June 15, 1667)
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys performs the first human blood transfusion.

(June 15, 1670)
In Malta, the foundation stone of Fort Ricasoli is placed.

(June 15, 1916)
President Woodrow Wilson of the United States signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, giving them the only youth organisation in the United States with a federal charter.

(June 15, 1996)
Ella Fitzgerald, an American singer famed for her wide vocal range and innovative interpretations of ballads and jazz improvisations known as scat, died at the age of 79.

(Died on June 15, 2019)
Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film director (b. 1923).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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