June 15th

2015
Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for US President.
Donald Trump
2002
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Mick Jagger
1996
Ella Fitzgerald, the ''first lady of song,'' died in Beverly Hills, California.
Ella Fitzgerald
1992
Vice President Dan Quayle's "potatoe" spelling incident.
Dan Quayle
1991
Mount Pinatubo explodes. The stratovolcano's eruption was one of the most violent of the 20th century. About 800 people died, but the event had also global consequences. For example, it caused a global temperature drop of 0.5 °C (0.9 °F).
Mount Pinatubo
1977
Spain holds the first free elections since 1936. The transition to democracy followed nearly four decades of right-wing dictatorship under Francisco Franco. Adolfo Suárez became Spain's first democratically elected Prime Minister.
Spanish transition to democracy
1954
The Union of European Football Associations is founded. The UEFA is the umbrella organization for association football in Europe. It comprises 54 member countries in Europe and Asia.
UEFA
1940
World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris.
Battle of France
1923
Lou Gehrig made his New York Yankee debut as a pinch runner.
Lou Gehrig
1896
Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan. 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed.
1849
James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
James K. Polk
1844
Charles Goodyear patents vulcanization. The American inventor is credited with developing the basic concept of strengthening rubber by adding sulfur or similar materials. Vulcanized rubber is today used for a wide array of products, such as tires and shoe soles.
Charles Goodyear
1836
Arkansas became the 25th state in the United States.
History of Arkansas
1775
George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
George Washington in the American Revolution
1667
The first human blood transfusion is administered. Jean-Baptiste Denys, physician to King Louis XIV of France, transfused sheep blood into a 15-year-old boy. He survived, most likely due to the relatively small amount of blood used.
Blood transfusion
1215
King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England.
Magna Carta