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 (81 years old)

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; Carly Simon; Leo Sayer; The Pointer Sisters), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana, Illinois (d. 2013)

Thabo Mbeki (81 years old)

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

Born in 1942

Famous Deaths

  • Adolf Opalka, Czech resistance fighter, shot down
  • Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • John Kubris, Czech paratrooper in WWII (killed Nazi head of Bohemia Reinhard Heydrich in Operation Anthropoid), dies as the result of battle wounds at 28

About June 18, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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