What Happened on June 15


Historical Events

1834 – Rioters in Safed Palestine kills many Jews
1918 – 1″ of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania
1940 – German troops occupy Paris as French resistance to the German invasion crumbles
1963 – “Sukiyaki” sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
1972 – Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
2008 – 62nd Tony Awards: “In the Heights” (musical) and “August: Osage County” (play) win

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Famous Birthdays

1888 – Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota), born in Jerez de García Salinas, Mexico (d. 1921)
1910 – Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
1920 – Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
1935 – Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
1941 – Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter (“Everybody’s Talkin'”; “One”; “Without You”), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
1983 – Derek Anderson, American football player

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Famous Deaths

1383 – John VI Cantacuzenus, Byzantine Emperor
1397 – Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
1666 – Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
1724 – Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
1864 – Haller Nutt, American rich Southern Plantation owner (Longwood house – largest octagonal house in the US), dies at 48
2021 – Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary’s University 1954–2003), dies at 92

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