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