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Today in History: June 20 – 12 remarkable events

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Let us bring history your way today. Check out these phenomenal events that will take you down memory lane.

1756: 150 BRITISH SOLDIERS IMPRISONED IN THE “BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA”
The Black Hole of Calcutta was a small prison/dungeon in Fort William in Calcutta, India where troops of Siraj ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, held British prisoners of war after the Bengali army captured the fort on 20 June 1756.

1782: CONGRESS APPROVES THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES
Congress approves the Great Seal of the United States, featuring the emblem of the bald eagle.

1837: QUEEN VICTORIA ACCEDES TO THE BRITISH THRONE
Queen Victoria accedes to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

1863: WEST VIRGINIA ENTERS THE UNION
West Virginia becomes the 35th state.

1877: BELL INSTALLS WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIAL TELEPHONE SERVICE
Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1941: FORD SIGNS FIRST CONTRACT WITH AUTOWORKERS’ UNION
After a long and bitter struggle on the part of Henry Ford against cooperation with organized labor unions, Ford Motor Company signs its first contract with the United Automobile Workers of America and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

1947: BUGSY SIEGEL IS KILLED
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the man who brought organized crime to the West Coast, is shot and killed at his mistress Virginia Hill’s home in Beverly Hills, California. Siegel had been talking to his associate Allen Smiley when three bullets were fired through the window and into his head, killing him instantly.

1963: HOT LINE IS ESTABLISHED BETWEEN US AND SOVIET UNION
In the midst of the Cold War, the hotline is established after representatives from both countries sign a memorandum in Geneva, Switzerland. The agreement was meant to reduce tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. after the 1962 Cuba Missile Crisis that had brought the nations on the brink of nuclear war and also to establish a direct communication link between the Pentagon and Kremlin.

Muhammad Ali is convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.

1977: TRANS-ALASKA OIL PIPELINE STARTS
The first oil begins flowing through the recently completed Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.

1997: TOBACCO INDUSTRY AGREES TO “GLOBAL SETTLEMENT”
The tobacco industry agrees to a massive settlement in exchange for major relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.

2007: SAMMY SOSA HITS HIS 600TH HOME RUN
Sammy Sosa, playing for the Texas Rangers after a year out of baseball, hits his 600th home run, making him the fifth player to reach the milestone; the round-tripper came in the fifth inning of Texas’ 7-3 victory over Sosa’s former team, the Chicago Cubs.

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