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What happened on June 18? There are more than 270 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 18

June 18 In HistoryJune 18 is the 169th day of the year 2017. There are 196 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 24th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Houston, Texas 77046 sunrise occured at 11:21 AM and sunset occured at 01:24 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 246 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For June 18

  • 618
    Li Yuan becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China.
  • 1178
    Five Canterbury monks see what is possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the Moon’s distance from the Earth (on the order of meters) are a result of this collision.
  • 1264
    The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.
  • 1429
    French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1684
    The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is revoked via a scire facias writ issued by an English court.
  • 1757
    Battle of Kolín between Prussian forces under Frederick the Great and an Austrian army under the command of Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun in the Seven Years’ War.
  • 1767
    Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom.
  • 1815
    Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.
  • 1830
    French invasion of Algeria
  • 1858
    Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
  • 1859
    First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.
  • 1873
    Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 1887
    The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia is signed.
  • 1900
    Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families.
  • 1908
    Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the ship Kasato-Maru.
  • 1908
    The University of the Philippines is established.
  • 1923
    Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets.
  • 1928
    Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).
  • 1930
    Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute are held.
  • 1935
    Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada clash with striking longshoremen, resulting in a total 60 injuries and 24 arrests.
  • 1940
    “Finest Hour” speech by Winston Churchill.
  • 1940
    Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1945
    William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II.
  • 1946
    Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist, calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim.
  • 1953
    A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns near Tokyo, Japan killing 129.
  • 1953
    The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 ends with the overthrow of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty and the declaration of the Republic of Egypt.
  • 1954
    Pierre Mendès-France becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The United States uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.
  • 1972
    Staines air disaster – 118 are killed when a plane crashes two minutes after take off from London Heathrow Airport.
  • 1979
    SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1983
    Mona Mahmudnizhad together with nine other Bahá'í women, is sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran because of her Bahá'í Faith.
  • 1983
    Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
  • 1984
    A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 UK miners’ strike.
  • 1994
    The Troubles: the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) open fire inside a pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, killing six civilians and wounding five.
  • 1996
    Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.
  • 2006
    The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched.
  • 2009
    The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched.

Who Were Born On June 18?

  • 1269
    Princess Eleanor of England (d. 1298)
  • 1318
    Princess Eleanor of Woodstock (d. 1355)
  • 1466
    Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (d. 1539)
  • 1511
    Bartolomeo Ammanati, Italian architect and sculptor (d. 1592)
  • 1517
    Emperor Ogimachi of Japan (d. 1593)
  • 1552
    Gabriello Chiabrera, Italian poet (d. 1637)
  • 1667
    Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal (d. 1750)
  • 1673
    Antonio de Literes, Spanish composer of zarzuelas (d. 1747)
  • 1716
    Joseph-Marie Vien, French painter (d. 1809)
  • 1757
    Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine political leader (d. 1833)
  • 1757
    Ignaz Pleyel, Austrian composer and piano manufacturer (d. 1831)
  • 1812
    Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (d. 1891)
  • 1815
    Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (d. 1881)
  • 1834
    Auguste-Théodore-Paul de Broglie, French philosopher (d. 1895)
  • 1839
    William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (d. 1920)
  • 1845
    Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1922)
  • 1850
    Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer and music critic (d. 1914)
  • 1854
    E.W. Scripps, American journalist and publisher (d. 1926)
  • 1857
    Henry Clay Folger, American businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. (d. 1930)
  • 1863
    George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
  • 1868
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral and regent (d. 1957)
  • 1870
    Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician (d. 1954)
  • 1877
    James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (d. 1960)
  • 1882
    Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian Communist leader (d. 1949)
  • 1884
    Édouard Daladier, French politician (d. 1970)
  • 1886
    Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (d. 1978)
  • 1886
    George Mallory, English mountaineer (d. 1924)
  • 1891
    Mae Busch, Australian actress (d. 1946)
  • 1895
    Blanche Sweet, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1895
    Manuela Fernández-Fojaco, Spanish supercentenarian (d. 2009)
  • 1901
    Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaievna Romanova of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1903
    Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (d. 1965)
  • 1903
    Raymond Radiguet, French author (d. 1923)
  • 1904
    Keye Luke, Chinese-born American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1904
    Manuel Rosenthal, French conductor and composer (d. 2003)
  • 1907
    Frithjof Schuon, Swiss metaphysician, poet, and painter (d. 1998)
  • 1908
    Bud Collyer, American game show host (d. 1969)
  • 1908
    Nedra Volz, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1908
    Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1910
    Dick Foran, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1910
    Ray McKinley, American jazz drummer and bandleader (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Sammy Cahn, American lyricist (d. 1993)
  • 1913
    Sylvia Field Porter, American economist and journalist (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    E.G. Marshall, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1915
    Red Adair, American firefighter (d. 2004)
  • 1916
    Julio César Turbay Ayala, Colombian politician (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Erik Ortvad, Danish artist (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Jack Karnehm, English snooker commentator (d. 2002)
  • 1917
    Richard Boone, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1918
    Franco Modigliani, Italian economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1918
    Jerome Karle, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1920
    Ian Carmichael, English actor (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Claude Helffer, French pianist (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    George Mikan, American basketball player (d. 2005)
  • 1926
    Allan Sandage, American astronomer (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Tom Wicker, American journalist (d. 2011)
  • 1927
    Eva Bartok, Hungarian/British actress (d. 1998)
  • 1927
    Paul Eddington, English actor (d. 1995)
  • 1928
    David T. Lykken, American scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1929
    Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and philosopher
  • 1931
    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil
  • 1932
    Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1932
    Geoffrey Hill, English poet
  • 1934
    Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (d. 2004)
  • 1935
    Hugh McColl, American banker
  • 1936
    Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver (d. 1992)
  • 1936
    Ronald Venetiaan, President of Suriname
  • 1937
    Del Harris, American basketball head coach
  • 1937
    John D. Rockefeller IV, American politician
  • 1937
    Vitaly Zholobov, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1937
    Wray Carlton, American football player
  • 1938
    Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
  • 1939
    Brooks Firestone, American businessman and politician
  • 1939
    Jean-Claude Germain, French Canadian author, journalist and historian
  • 1939
    Lou Brock, American baseball player
  • 1940
    Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter
  • 1942
    Carl Radle, American tour and session bass guitarist (d. 1980)
  • 1942
    Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Nick Tate, Australian actor
  • 1942
    Paul McCartney, British singer, songwriter and musician (The Beatles, Wings)
  • 1942
    Roger Ebert, American film reviewer
  • 1942
    Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa
  • 1943
    Raffaella Carrà, Italian TV presenter
  • 1944
    Sandy Posey, American singer
  • 1946
    Bruiser Brody, American professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1946
    Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
  • 1946
    Russell Ash, British author
  • 1947
    Linda Thorson, Canadian actress
  • 1948
    Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano
  • 1949
    Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • 1949
    Jarosław Kaczyński, Polish politician
  • 1949
    Lech Kaczyński, Polish politician (d. 2010)
  • 1949
    Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1950
    Jackie Leven, Scottish singer and songwriter
  • 1950
    Mike Johanns, American politician
  • 1952
    Carol Kane, American actress
  • 1952
    Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress
  • 1952
    Lee Soo Man South Korean entertainment executive
  • 1953
    Vladislav Terzyul, Ukrainian mountaineer (d. 2004)
  • 1956
    Brian Benben, American actor
  • 1957
    Andrea Evans, American actress
  • 1957
    Miguel Ángel Lotina, Spanish football manager
  • 1958
    Peter Altmaier, German politician
  • 1960
    Ralph Brown, British actor
  • 1960
    Steve Murphy, Canadian news anchor
  • 1961
    Alison Moyet, English pop singer
  • 1961
    Andrés Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1962
    Jeff Mills, American techno DJ and producer
  • 1962
    Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2009)
  • 1963
    Bruce Smith, American football player
  • 1963
    Dizzy Reed, American keyboardist (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1964
    Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader, son of Saddam Hussein (d. 2003)
  • 1965
    Kim Dickens, American actress and model
  • 1966
    Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater
  • 1969
    Christopher Largen, American author
  • 1969
    Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian guitarist and keyboardist (Turbonegro)
  • 1969
    Vito LoGrasso, American professional wrestler
  • 1970
    Greg Yaitanes, American television and film director
  • 1970
    Robin Christopher, American actress
  • 1971
    Jason McAteer, English-born Irish footballer
  • 1972
    Michal Yannai, Israeli actress and model
  • 1972
    Wikus du Toit, South African actor
  • 1973
    Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1973
    Eddie Cibrian, American actor
  • 1973
    Julie Depardieu, French actress
  • 1973
    Ray Lamontagne, American singer-songwriter
  • 1974
    Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • 1975
    Aleksandrs Koļinko, Latvian footballer
  • 1975
    Jamel Debbouze, French actor and producer
  • 1975
    Jemma Griffiths, Welsh singer-songwriter
  • 1975
    Marie Gillain, Belgian actress
  • 1975
    Martin St. Louis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Alana de la Garza, American actress
  • 1976
    Blake Shelton, American country singer
  • 1976
    Witte Wartena, Dutch artist
  • 1978
    Wang Liqin, Chinese table tennis player
  • 1979
    Yumiko Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
  • 1980
    Antero Niittymäki, Finnish ice hockey goaltender
  • 1980
    Antonio Gates, American football player
  • 1980
    Colin Munroe, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1980
    Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner
  • 1980
    Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • 1980
    Tara Platt, American actress
  • 1981
    Ella Chen, Taiwanese Mandopop singer (S.H.E)
  • 1981
    Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
  • 1982
    Nadir Belhadj, French-born Algerian footballer
  • 1983
    Billy Slater, Australian NRL player
  • 1983
    Cameron Smith, Australian NRL player
  • 1984
    Janne Happonen, Finnish skijumper
  • 1984
    Kissy Sell Out, UK Record Producer and DJ
  • 1984
    Mateus Galiano da Costa, Angolan footballer
  • 1986
    Richard Gasquet, French tennis player
  • 1988
    Elini Dimoutsos, Greek footballer
  • 1990
    Luke Adam, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1990
    Sandra Izbaşa, Romanian gymnast
  • 1991
    Rei Okamoto, Japanese model and actress
  • 1991
    Willa Holland, American actress
  • 1996
    Jade-Lianna Peters, Chinese-born naturalized American television voice actress
  • 1997
    Max Records, American Actor
  • 2006
    Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, Dutch royal

Who Died On June 18?

  • 1234
    Emperor Chukyo of Japan (b. 1218)
  • 1291
    King Alfonso III of Aragon (b. 1265)
  • 1464
    Rogier van der Weyden, Flemish painter (b. 1399 or 1400)
  • 1588
    Robert Crowley, English printer and poet (b. c. 1517)
  • 1629
    Piet Hein, Dutch naval commander (b. 1577)
  • 1650
    Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer (b. 1573 or 1575)
  • 1673
    Jeanne Mance, French settler of New France, founder of Montreal and of Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first hospital in North America (b. 1606)
  • 1704
    Tom Brown, English satirist (b. 1662)
  • 1726
    Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer (b. 1657)
  • 1742
    John Aislabie, English politician (b. 1670)
  • 1749
    Ambrose Philips, English poet (b. 1674)
  • 1772
    Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-born Austrian physician (b. 1700)
  • 1772
    Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German jurist and philosopher (b. 1706)
  • 1788
    Adam Gib, Scottish religious figure (b. 1714)
  • 1794
    François Nicolas Leonard Buzot, French revolutionary figure (b. 1760)
  • 1794
    James Murray, British military officer and administrator (b. 1721)
  • 1815
    Guillaume Philibert Duhesme, French general (b. 1766)
  • 1815
    Thomas Picton, British general (b. 1758)
  • 1833
    Robert Hett Chapman, American religious figure and educator (b. 1771)
  • 1835
    William Cobbett, English journalist and author (b. 1763)
  • 1866
    Prince Sigismund of Prussia (b. 1864)
  • 1902
    Samuel Butler, English writer (b. 1835)
  • 1915
    Eufemio Zapata, brother of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata (b. 1873)
  • 1916
    Max Immelmann, German flying ace (b. 1890)
  • 1917
    Titu Maiorescu, Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1840)
  • 1922
    Jacobus Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1928
    Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer (b. 1872)
  • 1936
    Maxim Gorky, Russian author (b. 1868)
  • 1937
    Gaston Doumergue, French statesman (b. 1863)
  • 1942
    Arthur Pryor, American trombonist and bandleader (b. 1870)
  • 1943
    Elias Degiannis, Greek navy officer and resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • 1947
    Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (b. 1898)
  • 1959
    Ethel Barrymore, American actress (b. 1879)
  • 1963
    Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (b. 1912)
  • 1967
    Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1967
    Giacomo “Geki” Russo, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1971
    Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1971
    Thomas Gomez, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1973
    Roger Delgado, British actor (b. 1918)
  • 1974
    Georgy Zhukov, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1896)
  • 1974
    Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (b. 1896)
  • 1975
    Hugo Bergmann, Czech-born German and Israeli Jewish philosopher (b. 1883)
  • 1978
    Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • 1980
    André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • 1980
    Terence Fisher, English film director (b. 1904)
  • 1982
    Curd Jürgens, German actor (b. 1915)
  • 1982
    John Cheever, American author (b. 1912)
  • 1984
    Alan Berg, American radio talk show host (b. 1934)
  • 1985
    Paul Colin, French poster designer (b. 1892)
  • 1986
    Frances Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (b. 1921)
  • 1989
    I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (b. 1896)
  • 1992
    Peter Allen, Australian singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1997
    Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Nancy Marchand, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Jack Buck, American baseball announcer (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    Ernest Martin, American convicted murderer (b. 1960)
  • 2003
    Larry Doby, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Manuel Sadosky, Argentine mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Syed Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Vincent Sherman, American film director (b. 1906)
  • 2007
    Bernard Manning, British comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (b. 1951)
  • 2008
    Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • 2008
    Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • 2008
    Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    José Saramago, Portuguese writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Trent Acid, American professional wrestler (b.1980)
  • 2011
    Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)


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