1509: Henry VIII is crowned King of England
On this day, Henry VIII was crowned as the Kind of England as a successor of Henry VII. He reigned till his death in 1547. He was born on June 28 1491 at Greenwich and died on January 28, 1547.
1664: The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded
The New Jersey Colony, founded in 1664, was named after the British Island of Jersey situated in the English Channel and part of the Channel Islands. The New Jersey Colony was founded by Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret.
1793: 1st republican constitution in France adopted
Referred to as the Constitution of 1793, the Montagnard Constitution was the second constitution ratified for use during the French Revolution under the First Republic. This was the first republican constitution adopted in France.
1896: Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.
Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American author, educator, orator, and advisor to multiple presidents of the United States. He is a part of the window into the history of African-Americans as he was the first African-American to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University.
1901: 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
On June 24, 1901, the first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s artwork opens at a gallery on Paris’ rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had already produced hundreds of paintings.
1916: Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million-dollar contract
On this day, Mary Pickford signed a contract that for the first time guaranteed a Hollywood actress a million-dollar pay-packet. Mary Pickford was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s silent era and rose to become one of the most powerful women in America’s film industry.
1930: 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
This happened when Lawrence A. Hyland was testing an antenna and observed interference from a passing aircraft. With his colleagues, he studied it and made a report titled “Radio-Echo Signals from Moving Objects.”
1964: The Federal Trade Commission announces that starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking
This announcement was made under the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act that mandated the first Surgeon General’s warning to appear on cigarette packages. The warning to be printed on the labels was “Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health.”
1970: The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was a joint resolution passed by the United States Congress in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The resolution was repealed in response to the mounting public opinion.