On This Day

June 1918 in History

Events in History


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Jun 1 Canadian ace Billy Bishop downs 6 aircraft over a three-day span, including German ace Paul Bilik, reclaiming his top scoring title from James McCudden

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Jun 3 US Supreme Court in Hammer v. Dagenhart rules child labor laws unconstitutional
  • Jun 4 French troops, with the aid of US troops, stop the Germans at Chateau-Thierry as they attempt to cross the Marne
  • Jun 6 Battle of Belleau Wood, 1st US victory of WW I
  • Jun 8 Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered
  • Jun 12 1st aerial bombing raid by an American unit, France
  • Jun 15 1" of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania
  • Jun 22 Circus train rammed by troop train kills 68 (Ivanhoe, Illinois)
  • Jun 25 Baku-Turkish communist party forms
  • Jun 26 The Australian steamer Wimmera is sunk by a mine laid north of Cape Maria van Diemen in 1917 by the German raider Wolf; 26 of its 151 passengers and crew were killed
  • Jun 28 1st flight between Hawaiian Islands
  • Jun 29 A provisional government opposed to the Bolsheviks establishes itself at Vladivostok, the Russian port on the Sea of Japan
  • Jun 30 Prominent US Socialist and Pacifist Eugene Debs is arrested on charges of denouncing the government, a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), born in Landour, India (d. 1971)
  • Jun 2 Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
  • Jun 3 Lili St. Cyr, American ecdysiast (d. 1999)
  • Jun 6 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Jun 8 John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, born in Pyrehne, Landsberg (d. 1944)
  • Jun 15 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader
  • Jun 15 N'garta Tombalbaye, 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Chad (d. 1975)
  • Jun 17 Maldwyn Thomas, Welsh businessman and Liberal Party politician (d. 2002)
  • Jun 17 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, born in Ubon, Thailand (d. 1992)
  • Jun 18 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), born in Stamford, Nebraska (d. 1989)
  • Jun 20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, born in Magyarcsaholy, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • Jun 21 James Bysse Joll, British historian, born in Bristol, England (d. 1994)

Person of interestCicely Saunders

Jun 22 Cicely Saunders, English nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, born in Barnet, England (d. 2005)

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • Jun 29 Jack Harkness, British rose grower (R. Harkness & Co. Ltd) (d. 1994)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 17 Derek Barber, CEO (Countryside Commission), dies
  • Jun 26 Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 74