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Today In History - July 15

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Today in History in 1799 the Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign; and in 1965 "Mariner IV" sends back the first pictures of Mars.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1099 - City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
  • 1381 - John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
  • 1410 - Battle of Grunwald (2nd Battle of Tannenburg), one of the largest battles of medieval Europe, during Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War. Polish King Władysław Jagiełło (Jogaila) and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas led defeat against Teutonic Ulrich von Jungingen
  • 1662 - King Charles II charters Royal Society in London
  • 1741 - Alexei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
  • 1799 - The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign.
  • 1915 - The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US
  • 1955 - Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
  • 1964 - Barry M Goldwater (Sen-R-Az) nominated for president by Republicans
  • 1965 - "Mariner IV" sends back 1st pictures of Mars
  • 2009 - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1573 - Inigo Jones, architect (Old St Paul's Cathedral, Coven Garden), born in London, England
  • 1606 - Rembrandt van Rijn, Leiden Netherlands, painter (Night Watch), (d. 1669)
  • 1944 - Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1946 - Linda Ronstadt, Tucson Az, singer (Dif Drum)/actress (Pir of Penzance)
  • 1950 - Arianna Huffington, Athens, Greek-born author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post
  • 1951 - Jesse "The Body" Ventura, wrestler/actor (Predator, Running Man)
  • 1960 - Willie Aames, Newport Beach Ca, actor (8 is Enough, Paradise, Zapped)
  • 1961 - Forest Whitaker, Longview TX, actor (Bloodsport, Platoon, Stakeout)

Famous Weddings

  • 1500 - "Blood Wedding" of Astorre Baglione & Lavinia Colonna in Perugia family Baglione massacre
  • 1965 - Actress Joan Rivers (32) weds TV producer Edgar Rosenberg
  • 1999 - "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California
  • 2005 - Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • 2006 - Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California
  • 2006 - Soccer star player Ashley Cole (25) weds "Girls Aloud" member Cheryl Tweedy (23) at Holy Trinity Church in Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
  • 2011 - American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands
  • 2011 - Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (44) weds Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

Famous Divorces

  • 1996 - Prince Charles & Princess Diana sign divorce papers

Famous Deaths

  • 1521 - Juan Ponce de León, Spanish Explorer and conquistador - 1st European to discover Florida
  • 1881 - Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], shot by sheriff Pat Garrett at 21
  • 1883 - Tom Thumb, famous small person (40"), dies of a stroke at 44
  • 1904 - Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (Uncle Vanya), dies at 44
  • 1919 - Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist and Nobel Prize laureate, commits suicide at 66
  • 1948 - John J. Pershing, [Black Jack], US general (Mexico, WW I), dies at 87
  • 1996 - Dana Hill, actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • 1997 - Gianni Versace, fashion designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50
  • 2006 - Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • 2010 - James E. Akins, American diplomat and advisor to Richard Nixon (b. 1926)
  • 2012 - Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95

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