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On this day in history - June 15

What Happened On This Day – June 15

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 15

  • 1984 Tim Lincecum

    American baseball player

  • 1969 Oliver Kahn

    German footballer

  • 1964 Michael Laudrup

    Danish footballer

  • 1941 Neal Adams

    American artist

  • 1941 Harry Nilsson

    American singer-songwriter, musician

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Deaths On This Day,
June 15

  • 1996 Ella Fitzgerald

    American singer

  • 1993 James Hunt

    English Grand Prix driver, 1976 World Drivers' Champion

  • 1941 Evelyn Underhill

    English poet

  • 1888 Frederick III, German Emperor

  • 1849 James K. Polk

    American politician, 11th President of the United States