Runnymeade, England (JFK+50) Eight hundred years today, June 15, 1215, King John of England today put his Royal Seal on the Magna Carta or "Great Charter of Liberties."
By the charter, the King pledged to respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church and maintain national laws.
The historic document, now recognized as the cornerstone of English democracy, was actually a peace treaty between the King and rebellious barons.
Only four original copies of the charter exist today. One is located in London Cathedral, one in Salisbury Cathedral, and two in the British Museum.