On June 26, 1843 Hong Kong was proclaimed a British Crown Colony. Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (abbr. Hong Kong SAR or HKSAR), is a city and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China. With 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Hong Kong is also a major global financial centre and one of the most developed cities in the world.
On June 25, 1910 Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird", written for the Ballets Russes, premiered at the Opéra de Paris, Paris. Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky ComSE (17 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor, later of French (from 1934) and American (from 1945) citizenship. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century and a pivotal figure in modernist music.
On June 24, 1441 Eton College was founded in England by Henry VI. Eton College is a public school in Eton, Berkshire, England. It was founded in 1440 by Henry VI under the name Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore, intended as a sister institution to King's College, Cambridge, making it the 18th-oldest Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) school. Eton is particularly well-known for its history, wealth, and notable alumni, called Old Etonians.
On this Day: On June 23, 930 the World's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), was established. The Alþingi…
On June 22, 1633 Galileo Galilei was forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (the Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!).
On this Day: On June 21, 1939, New York Yankees announced Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors revealed he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).…
On June 20, 1819, The SS Savannah reached Cork in Ireland after a 29 day and 11 hour voyage from Savannah, Georgia to become the 1st steamship to cross the Atlantic or any other ocean. There was only one problem - the crossing was done mostly under sail.
Smile of the Day June 19, 2022: First Winning Female Jockey at Ascot. June 19, 1987 Gay Kelleway rode 12-1 shot Sprowston Boy to win the two-mile, six-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes; she becomes the first female jockey to ride a winner at England’s Royal Ascot Racecourse.
On June 15, 1911 Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (which later changed its name to IBM) was incorporated. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 171 countries. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, by trust businessman Charles Ranlett Flint, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed "International Business Machines" in 1924. IBM is incorporated in New York.
On June 14, 1847 Robert Bunsen invented the Bunsen burner. A Bunsen burner, named after Robert Bunsen, is a kind of ambient air gas burner used as laboratory equipment; it produces a single open gas flame, and is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion. The gas can be natural gas (which is mainly methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane, or a mixture. Combustion temperature achieved depends in part on the adiabatic flame temperature of the chosen fuel mixture.