On This Day

What Happened on June 18, 1942

Historical Events

  • Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st African American ensign in US Navy
  • Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, British rock singer-songwriter, bassist, piano player (The Beatles - "Yesterday"; "I Will"; Wings -"Silly Love Songs"), born in Liverpool, England

  • Richard Perry, American record producer (Harry Nilsson; Ringo Starr; Leo Sayer; Pointer Sisters), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana, Illinois (d. 2013)

Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape


Famous Deaths

  • Adolf Opalka, Czech resistance fighter, shot down
  • Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter, killed Heydrich, dies at 28
1942 Highlights

About June 18, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Gemini