June 16

1487

The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.

1858

Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, "a house divided against itself cannot stand."

1904

Events in James Joyce's novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.

1933

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.

1963

Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space.

1996

Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.

2004

The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.

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