1215 – King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.
1381 – The English peasant revolt was crushed in London.
1389 – Ottoman Turks crushed Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo.
1775 – George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
1846 – The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada, by signing a treaty.
1864 – An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
1866 – Prussia attacked Austria.
1877 – Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
1898 – The U.S. House of representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.
1917 – Great Britain pledged the release of all the Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
1919 – Captain John Alcock and Lt. Arthur W. Brown won $50,000 for successfully completing the first, non-stop trans-Atlantic plane flight.
1940 – The French fortress of Verdun was captured by Germans.
1944 – American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II.
1947 – The All-Indian Congress accepted a British plan for the partition of India.
1948 – Soviet authorities announced that the Autobahn would be closed indefinitely “for repairs.”
1958 – Greece severed military ties to Turkey because of the Cypress issue.
1964 – The last French troops left Algeria.
1981 – The U.S. agreed to provide Pakistan with $3 billion in military and economic aid from October 1982 to October 1987.
1982 – In the capital city of Stanley, the Falklands war ended as Argentine troops surrendered to the British.
1994 – Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
1999 – South Korean naval forces sank a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea.