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On June the 15th
A bomb set by the IRA exploded in Manchester, UK, injuring more than 200 people while also causing extensive damage to the city center.
American singer, Ella Fitzgerald, died at the age of 78. Nicknamed, the First Lady of Song, she was one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century.
American physicist, John Vincent Atanasoff, died at the age of 91. He is considered the inventor of the first automatic electronic digital computer.
Greek composer, Manos Hadjidakis, died at the age of 70. He is widely considered as one of the greatest composers of traditional Greek music.
Full diplomatic relations were established between Israel and the Vatican.
American rapper and actor, Ice Cube, was born in Los Angeles, California. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential hip-hop musicians of all time.
Danish footballer, Michael Laudrup, was born in Copenhagen. He is widely considered as the most successful Danish football player of all time.
American actor, James Belushi, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
UEFA (the Union des Associations Europeennes de Football) was founded in Basle, Switzerland.
Greek singer, Demis Roussos, was born in Alexandria, Egypt to expatriate Greeks. He was one of the passengers of TWA Flight 847 that was hijacked on June 14, 1985.
Native Americans were recognized as citizens of the United States.
Soviet politician, Yuri Andropov, was born in Stavropol, Russia. He was the general secretary of the communist party of the Soviet Union between from 1982 until his sudden death in 1984.
The patent for vulcanization was awarded to American scientist, Charles Goodyear. Vulcanization is the process by which rubber is strengthened.
Arkansas was admitted as the 25th US state.
George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity.
The army of the Ottoman Empire defeated the combined forces of Serbia and Bosnia in the Battle of Kosovo.
King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta required the king to renounce certain rights, respect certain legal procedures and accept that the will of the king could be bound by law. It is widely considered as one of the most important documents in the history of democracy.
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