Monday, June 18, 2012

18th of June

Today is the 169th day of the year, with only 196 days remaining until the new year.

1429 - French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay.  This turns the tide of the Hundred Years' War.

1778 - British troops abandon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1812 - The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom.

1815 - The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.

1873 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1923 - Checker Taxi, puts its first taxi on the streets.

1928 - Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, she is a passenger, Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic.

1945 - William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw, is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during the Second World War.

1965 - The United States uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.

1983 - Astronaut Sally ride, becomes the first American woman in space on the STS-7 mission.

1996 - Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.

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