1094 Jun 15, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupied Valencia on the Moren.
1844 Jun 15, Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) received patent #3633 for the vulcanization of rubber, his process to strengthen rubber. He had perfected the process in 1839 and never took out a European patent.
1849 Jun 15, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died of cholera in Nashville, Tenn. Following a visit to New Orleans. In 2008 Walter R. Borneman authored “Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America.”
1877 Jun 15, Henry O. Flipper (d.1931 at 84) became the first African American to be graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was given a dishonorable discharge from the army in 1882 on charges that appeared to be racially motivated. In 1999 Pres. Clinton granted him a posthumous pardon.
1916 Jun 15, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1967 Jun 15, Gov. Reagan signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act, which permitted abortions in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy if a woman’s life or health was threatened or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
1992 Jun 15, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin arrived in the United States for his summit with President Bush.
1997 Jun 15, Kim Casali, English cartoonist, died.
2000 Jun 15, Denis Savard, Joe Mullen and Walter L. Bush Junior were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
2001 Jun 15, Pres. Bush spoke in Poland and strongly backed the expansion of Nato into Eastern Europe. On the eve of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Bush, chastised Russia for suspected nuclear commerce and encouraged the former Cold War rival to help “erase the false lines that have divided Europe.”
2004 Apr 15, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, became the 1st recipient of Finland’s $1.2 million Millennium Technology Prize.
2005 Jun 15, Diego Murillo, a brutal paramilitary warlord who made a fortune in Colombia’s drug trade, demobilized more than 400 of his AUC fighters at a ceremony under a peace deal critics say could let him get away with murder.
2008 Jun 15, Michael Norton (66), who spent nearly two decades covering Haiti’s coups, rebellions and disasters for The Associated Press, died after a long battle with cancer.
2008 Jun 15, US President George W. Bush arrived in Britain to hold talks with PM Gordon Brown on issues including Iraq and Iran’s suspect nuclear program. Bush urged Brown to withdraw forces from Iraq based on conditions on the ground and not an arbitrary timetable.
2009 Jun 15, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva brought a message of worker solidarity and economic responsibility to the United Nations. He left with some rare, sharp criticism from human rights groups that once championed his government.
2011 Jun 15, In Puerto Rico Doral Bank executive Maurice J. Spagnoletti was shot to death on a busy highway in San Juan. The 56-year-old father previously held bank executive posts in South Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania. An investigator said the slaying could be linked to an audit Spagnoletti was conducting at the bank.
2014 Jun 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi began his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region.