Friday, June 18, 2021 (Week 24)

Today in History

What happened today in history?

Today is June 18. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.

This day in History

1983
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
1979
President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the Salt II pact to limit nuclear arms.
1966
Samuel Nabrit becomes the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.
1959
A Federal Court annuls the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
1953
South Korean President Syngman Rhee releases Korean non-repatriate POWs against the will of the United Nations.
1951
General Vo Nguyen Giap ends his Red River Campaign against the French in Indochina.
1945
Organized Japanese resistance ends on the island of Mindanao.
1944
The U.S. First Army breaks through the German lines on the Cotentin Peninsula and cuts off the German-held port of Cherbourg.
1942
The U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
1936
Mobster Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano is found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
1928
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane.
1918
Allied forces on the Western Front begin their largest counterattack yet against the German army.
1873
Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote for president.
1864
At Petersburg, Union General Ulysses S. Grant realizes the town can no longer be taken by assault and settles into a siege.
1863
After repeated acts of insubordination, General Ulysses S. Grant relieves General John McClernand during the Siege of Vicksburg.
1815
At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington.
1812
The War of 1812 begins when the United States declares war against Great Britain.
1778
British troops evacuate Philadelphia.
1667
The Dutch fleet sails up the Thames River and threatens London.
1155
German-born Frederick I, Barbarossa, is crowned emperor of Rome.