On This Day: June 18th

June 18th:

A very special happy birthday to my Uncle Chris. He’s been through so much in life, but he keeps such a positive attitude. I love him and hope he has a special day.

1928- American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales

1812- War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain

1541- Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland

1682- William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

1847- American photographer Thomas Martin Easterly takes the earliest known photograph of lightning using the daguerreotype process in St. Louis, Missouri

1864- Battle of Petersburg: Ulysses S. Grant ends four days of assaults and begins a nine-month siege

1873- Susan B. Anthony fined $100 ($2,200 in 2020 value) for voting for US President in Rochester, New York; she refused t pay and no further action against her was taken

1892- Macadamia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii

1938- Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth is signed as a Brooklyn Dodgers coach for the remainder of the season

1945- William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) charged with treason

1963- 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school

1967- Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Otis Redding

My source and more facts at On This Day

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