Sunday, June 18, 2017
History for June 18 - On-This-Day.com
Sir Thomas Overbury 1581 - Poet, essayist, George Mallory 1886 - Mountaineer, M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher) 1898 - Graphic artist
Paul "Red" Adiar 1915 - Oil well firefighter, Tom Wicker (Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker) 1926 - Journalist, Paul McCartney 1942 - Musician (Beatles, Wings)
1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.
1815 - At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
1863 - J.J. Richardson received a patent for the ratchet wrench.
1918 - Allied forces on the Western Front began their largest counter-attack against the German army. (World War I)
1928 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales.
1942 - The U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1998 - "The Boston Globe" asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.