Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
June 18th

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1040*The coronation of Harthacanute (of England) by Tuthald? at Scone Abbey.Ref: 16
1155*German-born Frederick I, Barbarossa, is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.Ref: 17
1178*Proposed time of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno when 5 Canterbury monks report explosion on the moon (only such observation known).Ref: 5
1583*Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons. The premium was œ383 for 12 months.Ref: 5
1621*The first duel in America reportedly took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.Ref: 4
1689*(Salem Witch Trials) Samuel Parris is officially hired as the Salem village minister.Ref: 21
1781*The first Baptist church established in Kentucky was organized at Elizabethtown. (Kentucky was first visited by Baptist missionaries in 1772 when Squire Boone, brother of explorer Daniel Boone, began exploring the eastern Kentucky regions.).Ref: 5
1822*Part of US-Canadian boundary determined.Ref: 5
1872*Woman's Sufferage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty HallRef: 5
1873*Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. (The fine was never paid.)Ref: 70
1892*Macademia nuts first planted in Hawaii.Ref: 5
1906*Birth of Gordon Lindsay, missions pioneer. In 1948 Lindsay and he wife Freda founded Christ for the Nations, an interdenominational foreign missions support agency.Ref: 5
1910*Teddy Roosevelt first to receive Broadway ticker tape parade on return from Africa.Ref: 10
1925*The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.Ref: 4
1927*The US Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp honored Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. It was the first postage stamp to feature the name of a living American.Ref: 4
1928*Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours (as a passenger on Fokker trimotor pilot Wil Stutz).Ref: 70
1934*US Highway planning surveys nationwide authorized.Ref: 5
1934*Congress enacted a series of anti-crime legislation over the months of May and June 1934 in response to crimes like the September 1933 Kansas City Massacre where gangsters killed DOI Agent Raymond Caffrey, Jr. and other law enforcement officials. These May/June Crime Bills gave Special Agents the power of arrest and the authority to carry firearms. Previously, Special Agents could only make a "citizen's arrest," otherwise the agent had to call on a U.S. Marshal or local police officer to take custody of a suspect.Ref: 14
1936*Mobster Charles 'Lucky' Luciano is found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.Ref: 2
1936*First bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, WI.Ref: 5
1942*Due to continuing, and increasing, organization problems Col. James Marshall is ordered by Brig. Gen. Steyr to organize an Army Corps of Engineers District to take over and consolidate atomic bomb development.Ref: 91
1944*Groves contracts to have S-50, a liquid thermal diffusion uranium enrichment plant, built at Oak Ridge in no more than three months.Ref: 91
1948*National Security Council authorizes covert operations for first time.Ref: 5
1948*American Library Association adopts the Library Bill of Rights.Ref: 5
1948*The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.Ref: 70
1953 Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president.Ref: 5
1953*South Korean President Syngman Rhee releases Korean non-repatriate POWs against the will of the United Nations.Ref: 2
1956 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt.Ref: 5
1957*John Diefenbacker (C) takes office as PM of Canada.Ref: 5
1959*A Federal Court annuls the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.Ref: 2
1962*WHBM-FM becomes the first commercial radio station in Xenia authorized by the FCC.Ref: 56
1963*3,000 blacks boycot Boston public school.Ref: 5
1964*Lyndon B. Johnson makes call to Japanese PM Hayato Ikeda inagurating transoceanic cable.Ref: 10
1966*Samuel Nabrit becomes the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.Ref: 2
1966*Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing.Ref: 5
1968*Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing.Ref: 5
1970*Edward Heath elected British prime minister.Ref: 10
1979*President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT Two strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.Ref: 70
1979*Microsoft announces Microsoft BASIC for the 8086 16-bit microprocessor. This first release of a resident high-level language for use on 16-bit machines marks the beginning of widespread use of these processors. 
1980*Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec.Ref: 5
1981*(US Supreme Court Justice) Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart announced his retirement; his departure paved the way for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female associate justice.Ref: 5
1982*Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended by Senate by 85-8 vote.Ref: 5
1982*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General David C Jones, USAF, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1983*IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC.Ref: 5
1989*Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion.Ref: 5
1991*Pres Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he diedRef: 5
1991*The Louisiana Legislature enacted a strict anti-abortion law, overriding a veto by Governor Buddy Roemer.Ref: 6
1993*The US Supreme Court rules that deaf parochial school students may be provided publically funded sign-language interpreters. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
1993*In Japan, the government of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazwa falls. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
1996*Richard Allen Davis was convicted in San Jose, CA, of the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.Ref: 6
1996*Federal prosecutors in CA charged Theodore Kaczynski in four of the Unabomber attacks. 
1996*Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in (following Knesset approval) as Israel’s 9th Prime Minister. Netanyahu, the first prime minister born after the establishment of Israel, was elected May 29. His Likud-Party government lasted just under three years. He was by defeated by the Labor Party’s leader, Ehud Barak, May 17, 1999.Ref: 4
1998*President Clinton appoints UN ambassador Bill Richardson to replace Energy Secretary Federico Pena and named Bosnian peace architect and diplomatic troubleshooter Richard Holbrooke as the new representative to the UN. (However the Holbrooke nomination was held up for a year because of ethics questions.) (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Xenia City Police announce they will not give chase to criminal suspects. Surrounding communities do not follow suit. (XDG, p. 1A, 6/18/2002)Ref: 83
2002*President GW Bush sends to Congress his detailed proposal for the creation of a new Homeland Security Department. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Jesse Ventura (Gov-MN-Ind) announces he will not seek a second term. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
1903*First transcontinental auto trip begins in SF; arrives NY 3-mo later.Ref: 5
1942*Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38hr 21mn.Ref: 5
1948*Columbia Records unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record. The new disc turned at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, offering sound quality that was superior to 78 rpm records.Ref: 70
1977*Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for first time, It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747.Ref: 5
1983*Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, beginning her ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger for a six-day Odyssey.Ref: 4
1429*Battle of Patay. Major victory of French led by Joan of Arc over English in 100 Years War.Ref: 10
1464*Pius II led a brief 'crusade' into Italy, against the Turks. However, he soon became ill and died, before the rest of his allies arrived. Soon after, the three-centuries-old 'crusades mentality' among European Christians came to an end.Ref: 5
1667*The Dutch fleet sails up the Thames River and threatens London.Ref: 2
1778*American forces entered Philadelphia as the British, under Gen. Henry Clinton, withdraw during the Revolutionary War.Ref: 5
1812*The United States issued a declaration of war on Great Britain. And so began the War of 1812, prompted by Britain’s violations of America’s rights on the high seas and the involvement of the British in Indian uprisings on the frontiers.Ref: 4
1815*At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon is defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington.Ref: 2
1863*After repeated acts of insubordination, General Ulysses S. Grant relieves General John McClernand during the siege of Vicksburg.Ref: 2
1863*After long neglect, Confederates hurriedly fortify Vicksburg.Ref: 5
1864*At Petersburg, Union General Ulysses S. Grant realizes the town can no longer be taken by assault and settles into a siege. Rebels' last-ditch stand at Petersburg.Ref: 2
1917*Haiti breaks with Germany.Ref: 38
1918*Allied forces on the Western Front begin their largest counter-attack yet against the German army.Ref: 2
1940*German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop informs the Swedish Minister in Berlin, Germany, that if Sweden resists the German use of Swedish railways to transport troops and supplies to Norway, it would have dire consequences. The Swedish government agrees to allow German troops to pass from Trelleborg, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway, via Swedish railways. 
1940*Prime Minister Winston Churchill urges his countrymen to behave in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour." (XDG p 4A, 6/18/2000)Ref: 83
1940*In Canada, Prime Minister Mackenzie King introduces the National Resources Mobilization Act in the House of Commons. The bill would require Canadians to register for national service within Canada, and give the government control of Canadian property for the duration of the war. 
1940*Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich.Ref: 36
1940*Soviets invade the Baltic states. 
1941*Turkey signs a treaty of mutual protection with Germany. 
1942*The US Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.Ref: 2
1944*The US First Army breaks through the German lines on the Cotentin Peninsula and cuts off the German-held port of Cherbourg.Ref: 2
1945*William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw" is charged in London with high treason for his English language wartime broadcasts on German radio. He was hanged the following January. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2000)Ref: 83
1945*Organized Japanese resistance ends on the island of Mindanao.Ref: 2
1945*Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower received a tumultuous welcome in Washington, where he addressed a joint session of Congress.Ref: 70
1951*General Vo Nguyen Giap ends his Red River Campaign against the French in Indochina.Ref: 2
2000 Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to cease hostilities in a two-year-old border war.Ref: 6
1744 First recorded cricket match in England; Kent beats England team by one wicket at Finsbury, London.Ref: 10
1861 The first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY. Lots of anglers cast for fishing prizes and were hooked on the idea.Ref: 4
1911*In the sixth at Navin Field, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Sox are still ahead, 15-7. The Tigers, however, score eight unanswered runs in the final two innings and win, 16-15 despite being down by as much as 12 runs.Ref: 1
1915*Jerome Travers becomes the 2nd amateur to win golf's US Open.Ref: 5
1916*Yanks score in every inning but 8th beat Indians 19-3.Ref: 5
1923*Flyweight boxing champion Jimmy Wilde is persuaded out of retirement and is KO'd by Pancho Villa in the 7th round in New York.Ref: 97
1938*Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach; the 'Bambino' also takes batting practice with the team.Ref: 1
1940*Dodger Ducky Medwick, traded less than a week ago is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher; Brookyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.Ref: 1
1941*Joe Louis outpoints Billy Conn, a former light-heavyweight champion, to retain the heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1944*Golfing legend Byron Nelson finished in the money in his 52nd consecutive tournament. He won the Red Cross Open golf competition held at New Rochelle, NY.Ref: 4
1947*Cincinnati Reds' hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Boston Braves, 6-0.Ref: 1
1948*Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates.Ref: 5
1950*The Indians break an AL record scoring first inning 14 runs enroute to a 21-2 rout of the Philadelphia A's.Ref: 1
1953*Sending 23 batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning as they pound the Tigers, 21-2. Sammy White sets a modern major league record scoring three times in the frame.Ref: 1
1958*White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce retired 26 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald doubles weakly inside the right field line for the Senators' only hit. He then strikes out Albie Pearson on three pitches to one-hit Washington, 3-0.Ref: 1
1960*Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person (66 yrs, 2 months, 18 days) to debut as a major league manager when he replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney.Ref: 1
1961*Don Leppert of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in his first major league at bat (first game).Ref: 12
1963*Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in the 5th round in London, England.Ref: 96
1967*Astro Don Wilson no-hits the Braves 2-0 striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces.Ref: 1
1972*(and 19th) Houston Astros Jerry Reuss and Larry Dierker hurl back-to-back one hitters against the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets, respectively.Ref: 86
1973*Ranger rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight and allows just one hit in his first major league start as TX defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, to see the debut of the 18-year-old, $125,000 bonus baby.Ref: 1
1973*NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants.Ref: 5
1975*Red Sox rookie Fred Lynn has ten RBIs and three HRs in a 15-1 victory over the Tigers. The Chicago native also hits a triple which is just a few feet from leaving the ballpark for a fourth homer.Ref: 1
1976*NBA & ABA agree to merge.Ref: 5
1976*A franchise fee of $7M (US) is determined and Metro Baseball, Ltd., appoints Peter Bavasi, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of new franchise.Ref: 86
1977*Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation.Ref: 5
1979*Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon.Ref: 5
1985*Patrick Ewing became one of 11 basketball centers to be chosen in the first-round draft of college players for the National Basketball Association. Ewing was picked by, and became a major star for, the NY Knicks.Ref: 4
1985*The Wimbledon tennis seeding-committee, unable to decide on a favorite, made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds. It was the first time in the 63-year history of the Wimbledon Open that a first co-seeding was utilized.Ref: 4
1986*Don Sutton of the CA Angels pitched his 301st career win to lead Gene Autry’s ball club to a 6-4 win over the TX Rangers. Sutton, formerly of the LA Dodgers, had earned his 300th win five days previously -- also over the Rangers.Ref: 4
1986*Giant Robby Thompson sets a major league record when he is thrown out four times trying to steal in the 12-inning 7-6 victory over the Reds.Ref: 1
1989*Curtis Strange wins his 2nd US golf open.Ref: 5
1989*Phillies trade infielder/outfielder Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell and a player to be named later (minor league pitcher Tom Edens).Ref: 1
1990*First sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin.Ref: 5
1990*First ever loss for Cameroon in the World Cup, US-4 Cameroon-0.Ref: 5
1991*Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 5
1991*SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated.Ref: 5
1996*The Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays' cooperative team in the New York-Penn League with the Texas Rangers, faces the New Jersey Cardinals at Skylands Park in Augusta, NJ, in the first game involving Rays players. Catcher Chris Anderson, the Devil Rays' 66th-round draft choice from Southeast Oklahoma State University, delivers an RBI single in the second inning for the first hit ever by a Tampa Bay Devil Rays player. The Renegades lose 7-6 in 10 innings.Ref: 86
2000*In a 19-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, it takes only first four innings for Mike Lansing to hit for the cycle getting a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, a double in the third and a single in the fourth.Ref: 1
2000*Tiger Woods won the US Open by a record 15 strokes.Ref: 6
2000*The A's slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit, one RBI and scores a minimum of one run; the 18-run difference is largest margin of victory for the A's and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team's respective histories.Ref: 1
2001*Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in consecutive 2,632 games.Ref: 1
2001*With the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory, a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning is now mandated by the commissioner's office. At the beginning of an inning the allotted warm-up time will be 1:40 unless the game is on national television in which event the time allowed will be increased by 20 seconds.Ref: 1
2002*In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, as Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459) and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmerio add his 460th home run to the total.Ref: 1
1821*The opera "Der Freischotz" is produced (Berlin).Ref: 5
1898*Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier to a large summertime seashore crowd. The world-famous Steel Pier over the Atlantic Ocean offered 9-1/2 miles of amusements, concerts, food, beverages, concessions and more. The Steel Pier once featured a horse that would dive into a pool at the end of the pier, in fact. The summer resort gave many a youngster their start in show biz, like Ed McMahon, who used to be a barker on the ocean pier.Ref: 4
1939 The CBS radio network aired Ellery Queen for the first time. An interesting twist came near the end of the program when the show was stopped to allow a panel of experts to guess the solution of the night’s mystery.Ref: 4
1956*Nanette Fabray bid audiences farewell in her final appearance on Caesars Hour after two years as a regular on the popular TV program.Ref: 4
1959*The first telecast received from England was broadcast in the US over NBC-TV.Ref: 4
1961*Gunsmoke was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio. The show had been on for nine years. It was called the first adult Western. The star of Gunsmoke was William Conrad, who would become a major TV star (Cannon, Jake and the Fatman), as well. When Gunsmoke moved to TV, James Arness filled Conrad’s boots.Ref: 4
1977*Fleetwood Mac worked Dreams to the number one spot on the pop music charts this day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes.Ref: 4
1980*"Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi premiersRef: 5
1999 Tarzan, the animated movie with 5 feature songs (almost a musical, but not quite), opened and seemed to be a big hit with the critics. Audiences liked it too. They swung by local theatres to drop off some $34.22 million the first weekend.Ref: 4
1511*Bartolommeo Ammannati, Italian sculptor and architect, is born.Ref: 70
1581*Sir Thomas Overbury, English poet and courtier, is born.Ref: 2
1681*Feofan Prokopovich theologian, archbishop of Novgorod, westernizer, is born.Ref: 5
1799*William Lassel, English astronomer, discoverer of some of the satellites of Uranus & Neptune, is born.Ref: 5
1812*Ivan Goncharov Russia, novelist/travel writer (Oblomov), is born.Ref: 5
1819*Birth of Samuel Longfellow, an American clergyman who composed the words to the hymn, 'Father, Give Thy Benediction.'Ref: 5
1830*Birth of Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane, an orphaned Scottish poet who penned two of the most haunting hymns in the English language: 'Beneath the Cross of Jesus' and 'The Ninety and Nine.'Ref: 5
1854*Edward Wyllis Scripps, American newspaper publisher, is born.Ref: 70
1857*Henry Clay Folger, American lawyer and businessman, co-founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, is born.Ref: 2
1871*Nicolae Iorga, Romanian scholar, statesman and historian, is born.Ref: 70
1877*James Montgomery Flagg illustrator "I want you" recruiting poster, is born.Ref: 5
1886*George Mallory explorer, mountain climber: last seen in 1924 climbing Mt. Everest “Because it is there.”; Mallory’s body found on Everest at 27,000' May 1, 1999.Ref: 4
1896*Blanche Sweet Chicago, actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), is born.Ref: 5
1896*Philip Barry US, dramatist (Philadelphia Story), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Kay (James King Kern) Kyser bandleader: Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge: Three Little Fishes, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; is born.Ref: 4
1901*Jeanette MacDonald actress/singer (When I'm Calling You), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Jimmy Dale Bronx NYC, orch leader (Sonny & Cher), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Anastasia, Russian daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, is born.Ref: 70
1904*Keye Luke Canton China, actor (Across the Pacific, Yangtse Incident), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Manuel Rosenthal Paris France, composer (Bootleggers), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Kay Kyser Rocky Mount NC, orch leader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Benny Payne Phila, pianist (Billy Daniels Show), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Froelich Rainey Wisc, quiz moderator (What in the World), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Bud (Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr.) Collyer, NYC, TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), is born.Ref: 68
1910*E.G. Marshall actor (Defenders, Nixon, Absolute Power), is born in Owatonna MN.Ref: 17
1910*Ray McKinley musician: drummer: Big Boy, Hard-Hearted Hannah, Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume, You Came Along Way [from St. Louis]; led Glenn Miller Band for estate [1956-66]; is born in Ft Worth TX.Ref: 4
1910*Avon Long Balt Md, actor (Roots: Next Generation), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Dick Foran Flemington NJ, actor (OK Crackerby), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Henry Brandon Berlin Germany, actor (Drums of Fu Manchu), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Sammy Cahn (Samuel Cohen) composer; is born.Ref: 4
1913*(S.F.) Sylvia (Feldman) Porter financial columnist: New York Post, New York Daily News; author: Sylvia Porter’s A Home of Your Own, Money Book; is born.Ref: 4
1917*Richard (Allen) Boone, LA Calif, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Bob Carroll singer/actor (Stage Two Revue, The Stranger), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Mel Brandt Bkln NY, actor (Faraway Hill), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Ian Carmichael actor: Dark Obsession, Heavens Above, is born.Ref: 4
1922*Donald L Keene NYC, Japanese translator/critic, is born.Ref: 5
1924*George Mikan Basketball Hall of Famer: NBA Silver Anniversary Team; Minneapolis Lakers MVP [1947], World Basketball Tournament MVP: Chicago American Gears [1946]; ABA Commissioner; ABA’s red/white/blue ball is his concept, is born.Ref: 4
1925*Robert Arthur (Arthaud), Aberdeen Wash, actor (12 O'Clock High, Just For You), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Tom Wicker journalist, author: One of Us, Richard Nixon & the American DreamRef: 4
1926*Eva Bartok (Eva Martha Szoke), Budapest, Hungary, actress (Assassin, Crimson Pirate), is born.Ref: 68
1928*Maggie McNamara actress: The Cardinal, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Moon is Blue; is born.Ref: 4
1933*Jean Wicki Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972), is born.Ref: 5
1937*John D (Jay) Rockefeller IV (Sen-III), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Gail Godwin, writer (The Perfectionists, The Southern Family), is born.Ref: 2
1937*Vitali M Zholobov cosmonaut (Soyuz 21), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Lou (Louis Clark) Brock Baseball Hall of Famer: outfielder: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1964, 1967, 1968/all-star: 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979]; career record: 938 stolen bases; 3,000 career hits; 149 career home runs [500-footer hit into Polo Grounds’ center field bleachers: June 17, 1962], is born.Ref: 4
1941 Delia Smith is born.Ref: 10
1942*Rogert Ebert Urbana Ill, film critic (Siskel & Ebert at the Movies), is born.Ref: 5
1942*(James) Paul McCartney Grammy Award-winning [1990] musician, songwriter, singer: group: The Beatles: 49 hits: She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band; group: Wings: 35 hits: Another Day, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, My Love, Live and Let Die, Band on the Run, Listen to What the Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let ’Em In, Ebony & Ivory [w/Stevie Wonder], The Girl is Mine [w/Michael Jackson]; actor: Yellow Submarine, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour, Give My Regards to Broad Street; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-1999], is born.Ref: 4
1947*Linda Thorson Toronto, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Chris Van Allsburg, children's author and illustrator (Jumanji, The Polar Express).Ref: 2
1952*Carol Kane, Cleveland Ohio, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Isabella Rossellini actress (Blue Velvet, Tough Guys Don't Dance), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Jerome Smith musician: guitar: group: KC & The Sunshine Band: Get Down Tonight, That’s the Way [I like It], [Shake, Shake, Shake] Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin’ Love, I like to Do It, Boogie Shoes, It’s the Same Old Song, Please Don’t Go; is born.Ref: 4
1955*Sandy Allen, the world's tallest woman at 7' 7¼" ,is born in Chicago IL. (Guiness Book of World Records, 1998) 
1956*Brian Benben actor: The Brian Benben Show, Family Business, Radioland Murders, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Andrea Evans actress (Young & Restless, Tina-One Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Daniels Koran saxophonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Ethel Barrymore (Ethel Mae Blythe) (Academy Award-winning actress: None But the Lonely Heart [1944]; The Farmer’s Daughter, Pinky) dies at age 79.Ref: 4
1960*Barbara Broccoli film producer: GoldenEye, Crime of the Century, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough; daughter of James Bond film creator Albert R. Broccoli, is born.Ref: 4
1961*(Genevieve) Alison ‘Alf’ Moyet singer: solo: Love Resurrection, All Cried Out, Invisible, That Old Devil Called Love, Is This Love?, Weak in the Presence of Beauty; duo: Yazoo: Only You, Don’t Go, Nobody’s DiaryRef: 4
1961*Alison Moyet rocker (Yaz, Alf), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Janice Merrill track star (US record long distance holder 1979), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Bruce Smith NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Sandy (Santos, Jr.) Alomar baseball: catcher: SD Padres, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996/World Series: 1995], is born.Ref: 4
1969*Vito Lograsso pro wrestler/actor: ECW Hardcore TV, Extreme Championship Wrestling, WCW Thunder, is born.Ref: 4
1971*Dominique Simone actress: X-rated films, is born.Ref: 4
1971*Nathan Morris [Alex Vanderpool], Phila Pa, rapper (Boyz II Men), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Eddie Cibrian actor: Sunset Beach, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Beverly Hills: 90210, Saved By the Bell: the College Years, Third Watch, is born.Ref: 4
1974*Bumper Robinson actor (Webster, Night Court)Ref: 5
1865*Edmund Ruffin agriculturist: one of the originators of crop rotation and fertilization; publisher: Farmer’s Register; Confederate soldier: fired first shot on Fort Sumter in American Civil War; dies.Ref: 4
1869*Henry Jarvis Raymond, American journalist/politician, dies at age 49.Ref: 70
1880*John Augustus Sutter Swiss/US colonist of California gold rush fame (New Helvetia CA, Sutter Mill), dies penniless in Pennsylvania.Ref: 5
1884*Edouard Daladier, the French politician who was a signer of the Munich Pact of 1938, is born.Ref: 70
1902*Samuel Butler author: Erewhon, The Way of All Flesh; dies.Ref: 4
1920*George Perkins, American insurance executive, dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1925*Robert Marion "Fighting Bob" La Follette, reform movement leader, Governor of Wisconsin (1901-6), U.S. Senator (1906-25) and Progressive Party presidential candidate, dies at age 70.Ref: 2
1928*Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer; the first to reach the South Pole, dies at age 55.Ref: 70
1953*USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen.Ref: 5
1972*BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118.Ref: 5
1974*George Kelly, American playwright/actor, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1974*Georgi Zhukov Russian Marshal (WW II), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1975*Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king.Ref: 5
1982*John Cheever, American short-story writer and novelist, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1982*Granville Hicks, American critic, novelist and teacher, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1982*Curt Jurgens (Curd Juergens) actor: The Spy Who Loved Me, And God Created Woman, The Longest Day, Enemy Below, dies of an acute heart attack at 66.Ref: 17
1984*Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg was shot to death outside his home. Two white supremacists were convicted of civil rights violations in the slaying.Ref: 70
1986*52 die in plane/helicopter collision over Grand CanyonRef: 5
1989*Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies.Ref: 70
1991*(Beatrice) Joan Caulfield actress: Pony Express Rider, Daring Dobermans, Welcome Stranger, Blue Skies, The Lady Says No; dies of cancer at age 69.Ref: 4
1992*Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter, dies at age 95.Ref: 70
1992*Peter Allen, Australian-born concert entertainer, dies at age 48 in San Diego CA. (TWA, 1993)Ref: 95
1996*Two Army transport helicopters collided and crashed during training exercises near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, killing six and injuring 33.Ref: 5
1998*Three people are killed when a Chicago-bound freight train rams a tractor-trailer in Portage IN. (XDG, p 4A, 6/18/2003)Ref: 83
1998*Elmer (William) Valo baseball: Philadelphia Athletics, KC Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins; dies.Ref: 5
2000*Emmy-winning actress Nancy Marchand died in Stratford, Connecticut, a day before her 72nd birthday. (TWA, 2001)Ref: 95
2002*A Palestinian detonated a nail-studded bomb in a Jerusalem bus, killing 19 passengers and himself.Ref: 70

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