ON THIS DAY
1215: King John signs the Magna Carta, granting his barons more liberty, at Runnymede, England.
1752: Benjamin Franklin demonstrates the relationship between lightning and electricity when he launches a kite during a storm at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1920: The first radio broadcast of live music takes place from Chelmsford, England, featuring Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba.
1991: Kuwait’s martial law court sentences six newspaper workers to death for working on an Iraqi publication during the occupation of Kuwait.
1996: Death of Ella Fitzgerald, America’s “first lady of song”, aged 79
2017: Australian actress Rebel Wilson wins her defamation battle against Bauer Media.
Demis Roussos, Greek singer (19472015); James Belushi, US actor (1954-); Courteney Cox Arquette, US actor (1964-).