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On This Day in History - 15th June

Birthdays

1843Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer of 'Peer Gynt'
1884Harry Langdon, American silent film star
1925Richard Baker, Former newsreader & broadcaster
1937Waylon Jennings, American singer
1945Nicola Pagett, Actress
1949Simon Callow, Actor

Events

1844Vulcanised rubber was patented by Charles Goodyear
1942The tank war between Britain & Germany reached its peak in North Africa
1945Family Allowance payments in Britain began
1958Greece broke its military links with Turkey over the island of Cyprus
1962The Conservatives just won the general election
1966Youth riots in Amsterdam, which had lasted three days, ended
197275,000 attended a gathering of religious leader Billy Graham, in Texas
1977General elections were held in Spain; the first since 1936
1991Nagano, Japan, was selected as the site of the 1998 Winter Olympics