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)

Person of interestPaul McCartney

Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles and Wings, born in Liverpool, England

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 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? 78 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Gemini