On This Day

What Happened on June 18, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday

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

Person of interestPaul McCartney

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Roger Ebert, film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana Illnois (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