June 18: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On June 18, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. In the Gregorian calendar, June 18th is the 169th day of the year. On this day, the United States declares war on Britain, and Napoleon and France are destroyed at the Battle of Waterloo by British forces led by Wellington and Prussian troops led by Blucher.

Gemini is the zodiac sign for June 18. Roger Ebert, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, and Willa Holland all have famous birthdays. Today is International Sushi Day and National Go Fishing Day.


(June 18, 1429)
During the Hundred Years' War, Charles VII's army defeats an English army led by John Talbot at the Battle of Patay. The English lost 2,200 men, or more than half of their army, hampering their efforts throughout this phase of the conflict.


(June 18, 1633)
At Edinburgh's St Giles' Cathedral, Charles I is crowned King of Scots.

(June 18, 1812)
On this day, President James Madison of the United States signed a declaration of war against the United Kingdom, beginning the War of 1812, which was sparked by American complaints about oppressive maritime policies during the Napoleonic Wars.

(June 18, 1858)
Charles Darwin is inspired to publish his hypothesis after receiving a manuscript from Alfred Russel Wallace that contains essentially identical conclusions regarding evolution as Darwin's own.

(June 18, 1908)
In the Philippines, the University of the Philippines is founded.


(June 18, 1983)
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly into space, was launched aboard the space shuttle Challenger with four other astronauts.

(Died on June 18, 2020)
Vera Lynn, English singer who was the "Forces' Sweetheart" in World War II (b. 1917).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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