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Monday June 18 2018

Historical events of June 18

1994Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police.
1972Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
1970North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
196527 B-52s hit Viet Cong outposts, but lose two planes in South Vietnam.
1963The U.S. Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord's prayer and Bible in public schools.
1953Soviet tanks fight thousands of Berlin workers rioting against the East German government.
1950Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
1944French troops land on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1942Rod Padgett, poet.
1942Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication.
1940The Soviet Union occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
1932The U.S. Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol.
1931British authorities in China arrest Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.
1930The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill becomes law, placing the highest tariff on imports to the United States.
1926Spain threatens to quit the League of Nations if Germany is allowed to join.
1924The Fascist militia marches into Rome.
1917The Russian Duma meets in secret session in Petrograd and votes for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army.
1914John Hersey, novelist and journalist (Men of Bataan, Hiroshima).
1913U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1912The German Zeppelin SZ 111 burns in its hangar in Friedrichshafen.
1882Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born U.S. composer (The Rite of Spring, The Firebird).
1880Carl Van Vechten, writer.
1876General George Crook's command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.
1872George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas–a town which had previously been "dry."
1871James Weldon Johnson, African-American poet and novelist (The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man).
1863On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Point of Rocks, Maryland.
1861President Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.
1856The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1854The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China.
1848Austrian General Alfred Windischgratz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague.
1799Napoleon Bonaparte incorporates Italy into his empire.
1775The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle.
1742William Hooper, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1703John Wesley, English evangelist and theologian, founder of the Methodist movement.
1579Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England.
1239Edward I (Longshanks), King of England (1272-1307).
362Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.
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