On This Day In History, 15 June


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World Events Today

  • The flag of Denmark which, according to legend, fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse (modern Tallinn, Estonia) today in 1219, is the oldest national flag in the world
  • The International Cricket Council, the ICC, the global governing body of cricket, was formed today in 1909 by Australia, England and South Africa
  • The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, the administrative body for association football in Europe, was formed today in 1954

Entertainment Events Today

  • The war movie The Dirty Dozen, starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland, was released today in 1967
  • The Blackadder series, starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, was aired for the first time today in 1983 on BBC 1
  • The Lion King, the animated musical movie produced by Walt Disney, with songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, went on limited release today in 1994

Family Events Today

  • Neville John Holder, MBE, better known as the English musician Noddy Holder, the lead singer of the English band Slade, who sang Merry Xmas Everybody, was born today in 1946 in Staffordshire
  • The American actress Courteney Cox, who gained much fame from her role as Monica Geller in the NBC sitcom Friends, was born today in 1964 in Alabama
  • The British racing driver James Hunt, who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976, died today in 1993 aged 45

Main Event Today

  • The Magna Carta was signed by King John of England today in 1215, it promised protection of church rights, protection of barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Smile Power Day

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