The British Women’s Institute was founded on this day in 1915.
On June 16:
1723 Adam Smith the Scottish philosopher and economist was baptised (his exact date of birth isn’t known)
1858 Abraham Lincoln gave his House Divided speech:
A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.
1915 The British Women’s Institute was founded.
1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected in Paris.