What Happened on June 18

Significant Events

  • 618 Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries of the Tang Dynasty's rule over China
  • 1812 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
  • 1815 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
  • 1928 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • 1940 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons
  • 1948 UN Commission on Human Rights adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights
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Did You Know?

Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383

On June 18, 1583

Would You Believe?

Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane

On June 18, 1959

Famous Weddings

  • 1839 Dutch prince Willem Alexander (later William III) weds cousin Princess Sophia
  • 1858 Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo
  • 1953 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)
  • 1955 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England
  • 1965 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Famous Divorces

  • 1971 Aviator Howard Hughes divorces 2nd wife Jean Peters after 14 years of marriage
  • 2010 Former Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (36) divorces former model Lisa Ann Russell (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
  • 2012 "The L Word" actress Laurel Holloman (41) divorces architect Paul Macherey (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage
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