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June 20th History

1597 - Dutch navigator Willem Barents, who led three expeditions to find the north west passage and discovered Spitsbergen on his final trip dies at sea on the return voyage.

1837 - 18-year-old Victoria accedes to the English throne on the death of her uncle William IV

1858 - The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and India's First War of Independence officially comes to an end

1863 - West Virginia, the Panhandle State, becomes the 36th state of the Union 

1975 June 20 Jaws Released

1975 - Jaws opens in theaters. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the story of a great white shark that terrorizes a resort town became an instant blockbuster. 

1887 - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee is celebrated all over Britain and the Empire.

1949 - American tennis player "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran creates a sensation at Wimbledon by exposing lace-trimmed panties under her short skirt

1960 - American Floyd Patterson knocks out the Swede Ingemar Johansson to become the first boxer to regain the world heavyweight title

1990 - Nelson Mandela gets a ticker-tape welcome in New York.