Today In History June 20
June 20 is the 171st day of the year 2020 (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 194 days remain until the end of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer solstice sometimes occurs on 20th June, while the Winter solstice occurs in the Southern Hemisphere. There are a lot many happenings which had taken place on this date in the pages of World History, here we have listed some of the very important events that occurred on 20th June. Let’s take a look:
1567: CASKET LETTERS FOUND
Casket Letters, the eight letters and a series of irregular sonnets asserted by James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, to was found by his servants in a silver casket in the possession of a retainer of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, on 20th June 1567, 6 days after Mary surrender, Queen of Scots, to her rebels at Carberry Hill. If they are genuine particularly Letter II, or the Glasgow letter, they prove Mary’s full complicity with Bothwell in the murder of her husband, Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, in the preceding February. The Produced contents of the casket were at Westminster, on 14th December 1568, before a body of English commissioners appointed by Queen Elizabeth I for investigation of charges brought by Mary, then a prisoner in England, against the rebel Scottish lords and by them against her. The originals were in French, but already translated into Scottish Gaelic, and further translate it into English. After the conference, the casket and its original contents were brought back to Scotland and entrusted to Morton’s care, a few years after the execution of Morton in the year 1581, they disappeared possibly at the hands of Mary’s son, James VI.
Whether the letters were authentic or forged preoccupied historians for hundreds of years, with no conclusive results. Even if the letters were completely spurious, however, other circumstantial evidence may be sufficient to indicate the guilt of Mary.
1975: “JAWS” RELEASED IN THEATERS
On 20th June 1975, JAWS, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theatres. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws came into nomination for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned several sequels.
Well, every day is unique in its way and has a great historical significance which not many folks have a clue about. Several unforgettable events with varying magnitude happen daily, which go unnoticed. If we are to explore the depths of every day, we will realize what paramount importance every day has in our lives. One such day is 20th June, on which numerous events occurred and it’ll be difficult to believe that each event took place on this day alone. Starting from several political developments to many gory wars the history books have a lot to tell about this fateful day.