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As Machiavelli once said "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." It is these passions that we search for while delving into our history, a way of connecting to the great men and women who came before us. We reach back and learn from their mistakes and victories and gain a sense of belonging to the great cycle of life. For History Lovers is a place to explore our past and debate on the significance of major and minor historical events.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

This Week in History June 14-20

Monday, June 14, 2010
  • JUNE 14, 1777- The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the official flag of the United States of America. One hundred years later the anniversary of the flag became the first ever Flag Day, an observance that is still celebrated today.
  • JUNE 15, 1215- King John of England signs the Magna Carta as a means to seal peace with his barons and ensure their feudal rights as well as maintaining the laws of the nation and upholding the freedom of the church. The signing of the Magna Carta paved the way for the democratic system in England that still exists today.
  • JUNE 16, 1963- Soviet Cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman to be sent into space. She spent 71 hours and did 48 orbits aboard Vostok 6, before returning to earth.
  • JUNE 17, 1885- The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. A gift from France, the statue was shipped in over 200 crates and by October of the same year Lady Liberty would be on display to anyone entering the harbor.
  • JUNE 18, 1812- James Madison signs the declaration of war against Great Britain thus beginning the War of 1812. After two and a half years of fighting the Americans managed to reassert their independence.
  • JUNE 19, 1953- In the midst of Cold War paranoia, U.S. Army engineer, Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel were executed by the American government. They were suspected of selling information to the Soviets about the atomic bomb and became the first American citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage.
  • JUNE 20, 1943- Britain launches the first shuttle bombing raid of World War II over sites in Italy and Germany. Unknown to the British, Operation Bellicose, took out an assembly line that created V2 rockets, thus saving themselves unwittingly from retaliation from the powerful rockets.

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