June 18 Events in History - June 18 Birthdays - June 18 Deaths
2015 Pope Francis issues an encyclical, 'Laudato Si' (Praise Be), urging action to protect Earth from pollution and climate change; the document was issued with the intention of influencing the U.N. Climate Summit later this year
2014 Internet retailer Amazon, Inc. releases its own 'Fire' smart phone; the phone will allow users to connect directly to Amazon.com to shop for items they scan or identify in video and audio clips on the device
2014 Last year's World Cup victor Spain is defeated by Chile in the tournament today, eliminating the champion team's chances for a second title
2013 The biggest version of Boeing's Dreamliner plane, the 787-10, debuts at the Paris Air show; over 100 orders, worth over $30 billion, are placed
2013 New data reveals that over 280 previously unknown craters exist on the Moon
2012 Sequoia, IMB's Blue Gene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy becomes the world's fastest supercomputer
2012 Following the death of Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz becomes Saudi Arabia's heir apparent
2011 Oil prices hit $93 per barrel, a four-month low
2011 The NOAA declares 2011 one of the most extreme weather years on record
2010 Roza Otunbayeva, interim leader of Kyrgyzstan, estimates the death toll from the country's worst ethnic battle in decades could be as many as 2,000 people
2009 The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/LCROSS is launched by NASA to probe the Moon
2000 100th U.S. Golf Open: at Pebble Beach Golf Links California
1995 95th U.S. Golf Open: Corey Pavin shoots a 280 at Shinnecock Hills NY
1995 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament
1994 Aleksander Popov swims world record 100m free style (48.21 sec)
1994 Gay Games open in New York City
1994 U.S. ties Switzerland 1-1 in their 1st game of 1994 soccer World Cup
1993 Expo's Dennis Martinez is 92nd to win 200 games
1993 Toru Takemitsu's "Archipelago" premieres in Aldeburgh England
1992 Actor Jameson Parker weds actress Darleen Carr
1992 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft
1992 Tampa Bay Lightning make goalie Wendell Young their 1st draft
1991 Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia, arrives in U.S.
1991 Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80
1991 San Francisco Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated
1991 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays
1990 1st ever loss for Cameroon in Soccer World Cup, U.S.S.R. - 4 Cameroon - 0
1990 1st sudden death U.S. Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin
1989 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater New York City after 60 performances
1989 89th U.S. Golf Open: Curtis Strange shoots a 278 at Oak Hill CC New York
1989 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
1989 John Wayne Bobitt marries Lorena L Gallo
1989 Laura Davies wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1988 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run
1987 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
1986 52 die in plane and helicopter collision over Grand Canyon
1986 De Havilland Twin Otter and Bell 206 helicopter collide, kills 25
1986 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games
1986 Heike Friedrich swims female world record 200m freestyle (1:57.55)
1986 Papua New Guinea score 9-455 in 60 overs vs. Gibraltar, ICC Trophy
1985 Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs
1984 84th U.S. Golf Open: Fuzzy Zoeller shoots a 276 at Winged Foot Golf Club New York
1983 "Pump Boys and Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater New York City after 573 performances
1983 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launched-Sally Ride 1st U.S. woman
1983 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in New York City
1982 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
1982 Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended by Senate by 85-8 vote
1981 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
1981 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires, replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on high court
1981 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, vs. England at Trent Bridge
1981 Vaccine to prevent hoof and mouth disease announced
1980 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi premieres
1980 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa
1980 Mrs. Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
1979 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon
1979 President Carter and Leonid I Brezhnev sign SALT 2 treaty
1979 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
1978 78th U.S. Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic
1978 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election
1977 Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation
1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub
1977 Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for 1st time, It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747
1976 Joseph William Turner watercolor auctioned for 340,000 pounds
1976 St. Louis Cardinals Lou Brock and Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park home runs
1976 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, and Vida Blue to Yankees
1975 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a Red Sox 15-1 victory over Tigers
1975 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi vs. England
1975 NBC News and Information Service, a 24 hour news service, premieres on radio
1974 Gaston Thorn forms Luxembourg government
1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
1972 72nd U.S. Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach California
1972 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
1972 West Germany wins soccer world championship
1972 U.S. Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
1968 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing
1967 67th U.S. Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots 275 at Baltusrol Golf Club New Jersey
1967 Houston Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
1967 Monterey International Pop Festival rocks Southern California
1967 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
1964 African Groundnut Council forms in Dakar
1963 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school
1961 CBS radio cancels "Gunsmoke"
1961 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
1960 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 472 performances
1960 60th U.S. Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver
1960 Giants hire Tom Sheehan as baseball's oldest debuting manager (66)
1960 Real Madrid wins 5th Europe Cup 1
1959 1st telecast transmitted from England to U.S.
1957 John Diefenbacker (C) takes office as Prime Minister of Canada
1956 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as Brits leave Suez Canal
1955 "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 85 performances
1954 Pierre Mendes-France forms French government
1953 Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president
1953 USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
1953 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits and Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
1951 De Gaulle wins French parliamentary election
1950 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2
1949 "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 180 performances
1948 American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
1948 National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time
1948 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates
1948 U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopts International Declaration of Human Rights
1947 Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
1945 William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) British radio traitor charged with treason
1944 Farewell concert of Willem Mengelberg in Paris
1943 SS Police in Amsterdam sentence for 12 resistance fighter to death (Jewish, communists, homosexuality) at the census bureau
1942 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
1941 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
1941 Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany
1940 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers
1940 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs and chickens
1940 Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that "this was their finest hour"
1938 Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season
1936 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin
1936 Polish parliament gives President Ignacy Moscicki dictatorial power
1934 U.S. Highway planning surveys nationwide authorized
1927 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000 m: 5:24.6
1926 Theodor Lessing laid-off "because he is a Jew" in Hanover
1924 Pope Pius XI's encyclical Maximam gravissimamque
1916 Yankees score in every inning but 8th beat Indians 19-3
1915 21st U.S. Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol Golf Club New Jersey
1914 Oscar Egg bicycles world record time (44,247 km)
1910 16th U.S. Golf Open: Alex Smith shoots a 298 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
1909 Nannie Burroughs forms national training School for Women
1903 1st transcontinental auto trip begins in San Francisco; arrives New York 3-months later
1900 Empress Douairiere orders I-Ho-Chuan (Boxers) to kill all foreigners
1900 General Luigi Pelloux resigns as premier of Italy
1898 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey
1898 4th U.S. Golf Open: Fred Herd shoots a 328 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
1894 Premier Roseberry declares Uganda a British protectorate
1892 Macademia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii
1879 W. H. Richardson, a black inventor, patents the children's carriage
1873 Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for attempting to vote for President
1872 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall
1864 At Petersburg, Grant ends 4 days of assaults
1863 After long neglect, Confederates hurriedly fortify Vicksburg
1839 Dutch prince Willem Alexander PFL weds niece Princess Sophia
1837 Spain gets new Constitution
1822 Part of US-Canadian boundary determined
1821 Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)
1815 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon defeated by Wellington and Blucher
1812 War of 1812 begins as U.S. declares war against Britain
1779 French fleet occupies St. Vincent
1778 British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia
1757 Battle at Kolin Bohemia: Austrian army beats Prussia
1682 William Penn founds Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1643 Skirmish at Chalgrove Field: Prince Rupert parliamentary armies
1639 Treaty of Berwick: End 1st Bishop war
1629 Sea battle at Dungeness: Piet Heyn vs Dunkerk Cape
1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383 pounds
1580 States of Utrecht forbid catholic worship
1574 Polish King Hendrik of Anjou secretly leaves Poland
1541 Irish parliament selects Henry VIII as king of Ireland
1538 Treaty of Nice: ends war between Emperor Charles V and King French I
1529 Blackfriars begin: Henry VIII and Catharina of Aragon
1316 Peace of Fexhe: prince-bishop Adolf II of Mark and Luikse towns
1178 Proposed time of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno
1178 5 Canterbury monks report explosion on moon (only known observation)
1155 Pope Adrian IV crowns Frederick I Barbarossa Roman-German Emperor
860 Swedish Vikings attack Constantinople