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What happened on June 18
- June 18, 0618 "Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries of the Tang Dynasty's rule over China."
- June 18, 1178 Five Canterbury monks see what was possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the moon's distance (on the order of metres) are a result of this collision.
- June 18, 1264 "The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature."
- June 18, 1429 French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc crush the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years' War.
- June 18, 1767 "Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island."
- June 18, 1778 American forces enter Philadelphia as the British withdraw during the Revolutionary War.
- June 18, 1812 War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- June 18, 1815 UK hist The Battle of Waterloo: Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena
- June 18, 1816 Celebration of first Thanksgiving Day in Upper Canada: deliverance from Americans in War of 1812.
- June 18, 1822 Part of US-Canadian boundary determined
- June 18, 1835 UK hist William Cobbett dies
- June 18, 1858 Charles Darwin receives from Alfred Russel Wallace a paper that included nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own. This prompts Darwin to publish his theory.
- June 18, 1863 "After long neglect, Confederates hurriedly fortify Vicksburg"
- June 18, 1864 "At Petersburg, Grant ends 4 days of assaults"
- June 18, 1872 Woman's Sufferage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall
- June 18, 1873 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
- June 18, 1873 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
- June 18, 1887 The Reinsurance Treaty is closed between Germany and Russia.
- June 18, 1892 Macademia nuts first planted in Hawaii
- June 18, 1898 "Amusement pier opens, Atlantic City, NJ"
- June 18, 1899 The CP line from Lethbridge through Crows Nest Pass to Kootenay Landing is opened for traffic. This was built with subsidies afforded by the Crows Nest Pass Agreement of 1897 which also set fixed rates on grain traffic.
- June 18, 1900 "Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families."
- June 18, 1908 Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship
- June 18, 1923 Checker Cab puts its first taxi on the streets.
- June 18, 1928 "Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she was a passenger; Wilmer Stutz was pilot and Lou Gordon,mechanic)."
- June 18, 1930 Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute held.
- June 18, 1934 US Highway planning surveys nationwide authorized
- June 18, 1936 "The first bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, WI"
- June 18, 1940 """Finest Hour"" speech by Winston Churchill."
- June 18, 1940 Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.
- June 18, 1940 The French cruiser Emile Bertin arrives in Canada with $305 million in gold from the Bank of France; gold released after the war.
- June 18, 1940 The RAF's 242 'Canadian' Squadron withdraws from France.
- June 18, 1940 "Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that ""this was their finest hour"""
- June 18, 1942 "Bernard W Robinson, becomes first black ensign in US Navy"
- June 18, 1942 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
- June 18, 1942 James Paul McCartney of The Beatles is born in Liverpool England
- June 18, 1945 William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) Brit radio traitor charged with treason
- June 18, 1946 "Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist called for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim."
- June 18, 1948 American Library Association adopts the Library Bill of Rights
- June 18, 1948 National Security Council authorizes covert operations for first time
- June 18, 1948 UN Commission on Human Rights adopts Intl Decl of Human Rights
- June 18, 1953 Australian POWs released at Panmunjon
- June 18, 1953 "Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president"
- June 18, 1953 The Republic of Egypt is declared and the monarchy is abolished.
- June 18, 1953 USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
- June 18, 1954 Pierre Mends-France becomes Prime Minister of France.
- June 18, 1956 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt (British and French forces attempted to seize the Canal)
- June 18, 1959 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane.
- June 18, 1959 The First telecast transmitted from England to US
- June 18, 1963 "3,000 blacks boycot Boston public school"
- June 18, 1967 Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival.
- June 18, 1968 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing
- June 18, 1972 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
- June 18, 1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
- June 18, 1977 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation
- June 18, 1977 Number one hit on UK music charts - Kenny Rogers - Lucille
- June 18, 1977 "Space Shuttle test model ""Enterprise"" carries a crew aloft for first time, It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747"
- June 18, 1979 SALT II is signed by the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
- June 18, 1980 """Blues Brothers"" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi premiers"
- June 18, 1980 Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
- June 18, 1981 "The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California."
- June 18, 1983 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launched-Sally Ride first US woman
- June 18, 1983 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC
- June 18, 1983 Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman in space.
- June 18, 1984 "Major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 miners' strike. Incident later known as the Battle of Orgreave."
- June 18, 1986 52 die in plane/helicopter collision over Grand Canyon
- June 18, 1988 Number one hit on UK music charts - Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
- June 18, 1989 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
- June 18, 1991 Pres Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he died
- June 18, 1996 "Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts."
- June 18, 1999 A global Carnival against Capitalism.
- June 18, 2001 Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
- June 18, 2006 "The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched."
- June 18, 2010 Campbell Soup Co. recalls nearly 15 million pounds of canned SpaghettiOs with meatballs because of possible under-processing - USA