This Day in History: June
01: June 10, 323 BC: Alexander the Great Dies
Professor Garland introduces you to Alexander, the king of Macedonia in 336 and examines the political and social culture of the time. Look into the strange circumstances of his death and how his short reign had long-effecting impact on the world.
02: June 15, 1215: King John Signs the Magna Carta
Although the signing of the Magna Carta went practically unnoticed by the entire rest of the world, it had political and social impacts that affect how we live, even today. Join Professor Dorsey Armstrong to learn about this monumental event.
03: June 16, 1904: Bloomsday
Join English Professor Marc Conner for an illuminating look through the lens of history at the context and circumstances that contributed to James Joyce’s Ulysses, revealing the true-life people, places, and events that inspired the epic novel.
04: June 9, 1870: Charles Dickens Dies
Join historian Professor Allitt to walk through the life of Charles Dickens to see how the places he lived inspired him to become one of the greatest English-language novelists of all time.
05: June 18, 1815: The Battle of Waterloo
Join a renowned professor of History to examine how the Battle of Waterloo unfolded, what the global impact was, and how this event was reshaped in French memory.
06: June 25, 1903: George Orwell Is Born
Biographer Michael Sheldon examines how George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was penned as a warning about the dangers of totalitarianism—regardless of which side of the political spectrum it originated.
07: June 12, 1429: Joan of Arc Triumphs at Jargeau
It was a bloody two-day battle, but on June 12, 1492, 17-year-old Joan of Arc led the French forces to recapture the city of Jargeau from the English. It was the first offensive victory for France in a generation of fighting the Hundred Years’ War. Join historian Joyce Salisbury to relive this pivotal moment and see how it helped to secure the loyalty of the troops who fought for France under Joan’s banner.
08: June 30, 1688: The English People Choose a Monarch
Discover what happened on June 30, 1688—the day Parliament and the English people deposed King James II and invited his daughter, Mary, and her husband, William, to take the throne of England.