What happened this week in history

Simon Callow 
Picture by Louise Adams EMN-160706-130853001
Simon Callow Picture by Louise Adams EMN-160706-130853001
  • Actor Simon Callow celebrates his 67th birthday today (June 15)

In 1215 - The Magna Carta was signed by King John, at Runnymede.

1502 - Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.

1667 - The first human blood transfusion was administered by Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1785 – Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, became the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon exploded during their attempt to cross the English Channel.

1844 - Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanisation, a process to strengthen rubber.

1860 - Florence Nightingale opened her first school for nurses.

1869 - Celluloid was patented in America.

1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.

1878 - Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs to prove all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study became the basis of motion pictures.

1919 - British aviators Alcock and Brown completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight, when they reached Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

1928 - The Flying Scotsman (locomotive) narrowly beat an aeroplane in a race from London to Edinburgh.

1936 - The Vickers Wellington bomber took its maiden flight.

1940 - Operation Ariel began: Allied troops started to evacuate France, following Germany’s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.

1954 - UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) formed in Basel, Switzerland.

1970 - Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.

1978 - King Hussein of Jordan married American Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor).

1996 - A massive bomb devastated a busy shopping area in central Manchester; 200 people were injured.

2012 - Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.