26 June 2012

Timeline June 24 to 26

June 24
1314  The forces of Scotland's King Robert I, Robert the Bruce, defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn.
1374  A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
1497  John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1509  Henry VIII was crowned King of England.
1880  First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1918  First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1948  Communist forces cut off land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the US to organize a massive airlift.
1987  Jackie Gleason, actor, died at age 71.

June 25
1876  Lt. Col. George A Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
1900  Lord Louis Mountbatten, English statesman, naval leader and last viceroy of India, was born. Died Aug. 27, 1979.
1950  The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
1997  Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer, died (b. 1910).

June 26
1945  The charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
2000  Rival scientific teams completed the first rough map of the human genetic code.

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