June 20, 1248: University of Oxford receives its Royal charter, and immediately begins to talk smack about Cambridge.
1837: Queen Victoria is crowned; her 67-year reign will see vast social, political, and economic changes, as well as the construction of some really fancy train stations.
1863: West Virginia becomes the 35th state after fifty counties secede from Confederate Virginia and join the Union; plain Virginia protests and eventually takes the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1893: Lizzie Borden is acquitted of taking an axe and giving her father 40 whacks; to this day, you can still enjoy the Borden family experience, hopefully sans homicide.
1931: Olympia Dukakis is born; no word on if she ever got her “I slapped Ouiser Boudreaux” shirt.
Jane, you forgot today is National Hollerin’ Contest Day 🙂