Today in history


Today is Friday, June 18, the 169th day of 2021. There are 196 days left in the year.

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On June 18, 1812, the War of 1812 began when the United States Congress approved and President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain.

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In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the War of Independence.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.

In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was convicted by a judge in Canandaigua, New York, of breaking the law by voting in the presidential election of 1872. (The judge fined Anthony $ 100 , but she never paid the penalty.)


In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to behave in a way that would inspire future generations to say, “This is their finest hour. Charles de Gaulle gave a speech on the BBC in which he rallied his compatriots after the fall of France to Nazi Germany.

In 1953, a US Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II crashed near Tokyo, killing all 129 people on board. The 148-year-old Egyptian dynasty of Muhammad Ali ended with the overthrow of the monarchy and the proclamation of a republic.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Japanese Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda spoke by telephone during the inauguration of the first trans-Pacific cable completed by AT&T between Japan and Hawaii.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty in Vienna.

In 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space as she and four colleagues took off aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger for a six-day mission.

In 1992, the United States Supreme Court, in Georgia v. McCollum, ruled that defendants cannot use race as a basis for excluding potential jurors from their trials.

In 2003, Baseball Hall of Fame member Larry Doby, who broke the American League color barrier in 1947, died in Montclair, NJ, at the age of 79.

In 2010, death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner died in a barrage of bullets as Utah carried out its first firing squad execution in 14 years. (Gardner had been sentenced to death for killing attorney Michael Burdell in a failed escape attempt from a Salt Lake City courthouse.)

In 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he was ordering the Pentagon to create the “Space Force” as an independent branch of service. Struggling rapper-singer XXXTentacion (ex ex ten-ta-see-YAWN ‘) was shot and killed in Florida in what police called an attempted robbery.

Ten years ago: President Hamid Karzai admitted that the US and Afghan governments had been in talks with Taliban envoys in an effort to end the country’s nearly 10-year war. Yelena Bonner, 88, Russian human rights activist and widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, has died in Boston. Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band saxophonist who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen’s life and music, has died in Florida at the age of 69.

Five years ago: With Yosemite Falls as a backdrop, President Barack Obama said climate change was already damaging U.S. national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite’s prairies to dry up and the possibility of a glacier reserve without its glaciers one day. During an appearance in Las Vegas, Donald Trump denounced the efforts of some frustrated Republicans planning a last ditch effort to try to prevent him from becoming the party’s candidate, and threatened to stop fundraising if Republicans didn’t. did not rally to him.

A year ago: The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, rejected President Donald Trump’s efforts to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants. Atlanta police have called the sick to protest the filing of murder charges against Garrett Rolfe, a white officer, in the shooting of black man, Rayshard Brooks. The mayor of Columbus, Ohio, said a statue of Christopher Columbus would be removed from the city that bears his name. Portraits honoring four former House speakers who served in Confederation have been removed from the United States Capitol. The abandoned bus that was at the heart of the book and movie “Into the Wild” was pulled by helicopter from the Alaskan wilderness; it had become a decoy for dangerous pilgrimages. Dame Vera Lynn, who rocked British troops during World War II with the sentimental favorites ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, has died aged 103.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Senator Jay Rockefeller, DW.Va., is 84. Sir Paul McCartney is 79 years old. Actress Constance McCashin is 74 years old. Actress Linda Thorson is 74 years old. Former Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., Is 71. Actor Isabella Rossellini is 69 years old. Actress Carol Kane is 69 years old. Actor Brian Benben is 65 years old. Actor Andrea Evans is 64 years old. Rock singer Alison Moyet is 60 years old. Rock musician Dizzy Reed (Guns N ‘Roses) is 58 years old. Figure skater Kurt Browning is 55 years old. Country singer-musician Tim Hunt is 54 years old. R&B singer Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) is 50 years old. Actress Mara Hobel is 50 years old. Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is 48 years old. Rapper Silkk the Shocker is 46 years old. Actress Alana de la Garza is 45 years old. Country singer Blake Shelton is 45 years old. Rock musician Steven Chen (Airborne Toxic Event) is 43 years old. Actor David Giuntoli is 41 years old. Drummer Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) is 33 years old. Actor Renee Olstead is 32 years old. Actor Jacob Anderson is 31 years old. Actor Willa Holland is 30 years old.


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