What is the most important day of the year? You might say your birthday, your anniversary, or the day of a life changing event. But there are some days that live in infamy because major events regularly occur on that date throughout history. June 15th is one of those days. From the founding of basic government to the birth of Waylon Jennings, June 15 is worth a #tbt.
1. June 15, 1215: the Magna Carta was signed. It is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial.
2. June 15, 1775: George Washington was named the commander of the Continental Army. At the time, Washington was known as an inadequate field commander. Now, we look to him as the one of the preeminent Founding Fathers of the nation.
3. June 15, 1846: The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel, which to this day serves as the American-Canadian border.
4. June 15, 1902: The 20th Century Limited, aka “The Most Famous Train in the World”, began express service between New York and Chicago began service. Passengers could leave New York at 6:00 PM and arrive in Chicago by 9:00 AM. This astonishing speed effectively closing the distance between the east coast and the midwest.
5. June 15, 1940: Nazi forces occupy Paris. France becomes a Nazi state. Allied forces would not challenge Nazi occupation until 1944.
6. June 15, 1937: Waylon Jennings is born in Littlefield, Texas. A protege of Buddy Holly, he becomes a leader in the Outlaw movement of the 1970s alongside his occasional duet partner, Willie Nelson.
7. June 15, 1966: The Beatles release “Yesterday and Today” and was the last album they ever performed on tour. Their last live concert was August 26, 1966.
7. June 15, 1994: The Lion King was released in theaters. The movie would become an international phenomenon.
8. June 15, 2015: Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign. Trump, a long-shot for the position would, as we all know, go on to become President.