June 15

This Day in History

1859

The Pig War

This day in 1859 witnessed the start of one of the more bizarre international conflicts in history, when Great Britain and the United States became embroiled in what became known as The Pig War. At … (more...)

1667

First Blood Transfusion

On this day in 1667, King Louis XIV's personal physician, Jean-Baptiste Denys gave a 15-year-old boy sheep's blood, in what is later acknowledged as the first documented blood transfusion. A … (more...)

1215

King John and the Sealing of the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta (or Great Charter) – one of the most celebrated and influential documents of all time - was formally, although reluctantly, accepted by the English King John at Runnymede on 15 June … (more...)