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June 2016

1756 – The Black Hole of Calcutta

20 June

The Black Hole of Calcutta was a small dungeon in Fort William, in Calcutta, India, where troops of the Nawab of Bengal, held British prisoners of war after the Bengali army captured the fort on this day in 1756.

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AD 451 The Battle of the Catalaunian plains

 

20 June

The Battle of the Catalaunian plains took place in 451 A.D. between a coalition led by the Romans and the Huns led by Attila. Continue reading “AD 451 The Battle of the Catalaunian plains”

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth

17 June

Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I (reigned 1628-1658), will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

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1215 – Magna Carta Libertatum

15 June

On this day in 1215,  King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta Libertatum (commonly known as Magna Carta).

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1991 – Mount Pinatubo eruption

15 June

Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, explodes in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century.

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1936 – Vickers Wellington bomber

15 June

The Vickers Wellington twin-engined, medium bomber made its first flight from Brooklands on this day in 1936.

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Rites of the Scythians

Spectacular new discoveries from the Caucasus set the stage for a dramatic hilltop ritual.

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1645 – English Civil War the Battle of Naseby

14 June

The Battle of Naseby, was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War, fought on this day in 1645 between the main Royalist army of King Charles I led by Prince Rupert (12,000 strong) and the Parliamentarian New Model Army (15,000 strong), commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell.

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Roman terror weapon discovered in Scotland

Evidence Found for Secret Terror Weapon of the Romans

 

A set of lead sling bullets that made a whistling sound when thrown have been discovered by archaeologists in Burnswark Hill in southwestern Scotland. Continue reading “Roman terror weapon discovered in Scotland”

1966 – ‘Miranda’ ruling

13 June

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), was a landmark ruling of the United States Supreme Court that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

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1952 – Sweden: the Catalina affair

13 June

The Catalina affair was a military confrontation and Cold War-era diplomatic crisis in June 1952, in which Soviet Air Force fighter jets shot down two Swedish aircraft in the Baltic Sea over international waters. Continue reading “1952 – Sweden: the Catalina affair”

New fossils may be Hobbit ancestors

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA—Six teeth and a jawbone fragment thought to belong to ancestors of Homo floresiensis, Continue reading “New fossils may be Hobbit ancestors”

Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli

A highly sought after blue gem stone, lapis lazuli is a complex mineral containing aluminium and sodium. Continue reading “Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli”

1968 – RFK dies

6 June

The assassination of Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy, a United States Senator and brother of assassinated President John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, took place shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, during the campaign season for the 1968 presidential election, he died on this day in 1968 (the next day).

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