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Today in History: June 15th, 1215

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King John signs the Magna Carta

June 15, 1215, is a day that forever changed English and legal history. It marks the moment when King John of England signed the Magna Carta at a place called Runnymede, near Windsor, England. At that time, England was in turmoil, with many unhappy about how King John was ruling the country.

People were upset with King John for many reasons. The barons and nobles, who were powerful landowners, were especially unhappy. They felt that King John was being unfair. He was taking too much money from them in taxes and was not respecting their rights.

The Magna Carta.
Magna Carta, Great Charter, 1215. One of only four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta. (Photo Credit: VCG Wilson / Corbis / Getty Images)

To try to fix the problems, King John met with the angry barons at Runnymede. It was a tense meeting. The barons wanted things to change, and King John had to listen. After long discussions, King John agreed to sign a document called the Magna Carta. This was a big deal because it meant he had to follow certain rules and couldn’t do whatever he wanted anymore.

The Magna Carta had some important rules. It said that even the king had to follow the law. It protected the rights of the barons and nobles and said the king couldn’t take their land or money without a good reason. It also said that people had the right to a fair trial by their peers, which means people like them, not just the king’s friends.

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The Magna Carta might seem like an old document, but it’s super important. It’s like the blueprint for how we think about rights and rules today. Because of the Magna Carta, we have things like the right to a fair trial and the idea that nobody, not even a king, is above the law. So, every June 15th, we remember this historic day when King John signed the Magna Carta, changing history forever.

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