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Today In History

Tue., June 24, 1997

In 1314: The forces of Scotland’s King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.

In 1497: The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as English explorer John Cabot spotted land, probably Canada.

In 1647: Margaret Brent was ejected from the Maryland Assembly after demanding a vote in the body.

In 1948: Communist forces cut off all land routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the United States to organize the Berlin airlift.

In 1968: “Resurrection City,” a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People’s March on Washington, D.C., was closed by authorities.

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