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There are many reasons to celebrate June!  June 15 is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 199 days remaining until the end of the year. Follow our list below for some great reasons to celebrate this day.
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Holidays Around the World
 
  • Arbor Day (Costa Rica)
  • Cagayan de Oro Charter Day (Cagayan de Oro City)
  • Day of Valdemar and Reunion day (Flag Day) (Denmark)
  • Earliest day on which Father's Day can fall, while June 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Sunday in June. (United States, Canada)
  • Mangaia Gospel Day (Mangaia)
  • National Salvation Day (Azerbaijan)
  • Statehood Day (Arkansas)
  • The first day of the month of Harh. (Sikhism)
  • Global Wind Day

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Weird Wild & Wacky Holidays

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Is it your Birthday Today?  See who shares your birthday.

  • Happy Birthday! 

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Christian Feast Day:

  •   Augustine of Hippo (Eastern Orthodox Church)
  •   Edburga of Winchester
  •   Evelyn Underhill (Church of England and the Episcopal Church of the United States)
  •   Germaine Cousin
  •   Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia
  •   June 15 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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On This Day

  • 763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • 923 – Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.
  • 1184 – King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
  • 1215 – King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.
  • 1219 – Northern Crusades: Danish victory at the Battle of Lyndanisse (modern-day Tallinn) establishes the Danish Duchy of Estonia. According to legend, this battle also marks the first use of the Dannebrog, the world's first national flag still in use, as the national flag of Denmark.
  • 1246 – With the death of Duke Frederick II, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria.
  • 1300 – The city of Bilbao is founded.
  • 1389 – Battle of Kosovo: The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnians.
  • 1502 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.
  • 1520 – Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in papal bull Exsurge Domine.
  • 1580 – Philip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.
  • 1648 – Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
  • 1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
  • 1776 – Delaware Separation Day – Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.
  • 1785 – Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel.
  • 1804 – New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.
  • 1808 – Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
  • 1836 – Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
  • 1846 – The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • 1859 – Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between United States and British/Canadian settlers.
  •   1864 – American Civil War: The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.
  •   1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.81 km2) around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
  • 1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
  • 1878 – Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.
  • 1888 – Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II; he will be the last Emperor of the German Empire.
  • 1909 – Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • 1913 – The Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippines ends.
  • 1916 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
  • 1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.
  •   1934 – The U.S. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.
  • 1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
  • 1985 – Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
  • 1991 – In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. In the end, over 800 people die.
  • 1992 – The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the USA for trial, without approval from those other countries.
  • 2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls. 

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External links
BBC: On This Day - June 11
The New York Times: On This Day - June 11
On This Day in Canada - June 11

Note: Movable June holidays may or may not be on this list due to the fact the dates always change each year:  
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