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1155Pope Adrian IV crowns Frederick I Barbarossa Roman-German Emperor

1529Blackfriars begin: Henry VIII & Catharina of Aragon

1541Irish parliament selects Henry VIII as king of Ireland

1682William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

1815Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-Africa

1912The Chicago national Republican Convention splits between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt; after Taft is nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party form the Progressive Party (also known as the 'Bull Moose Party')

1927Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000 m: 5:24.6

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

1938Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season

1940Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers

1940Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

1941Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

196060th US Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver

1977Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic

1989Laura Davies wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

1991Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia, arrives in US

1995Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament

1996Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.

2000100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California

2014Ian McKellen is awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University, becoming a Doctor of Letters

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jun 18, 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. 
Jun 18, 860
Swedish Vikings attack Constantinople 
Jun 18, 1155
Pope Adrian IV crowns Frederick I Barbarossa Roman-German Emperor 
Jun 18, 1178
Proposed time of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno 
Jun 18, 1178
Five monks at Canterbury report explosion on moon (only known observation) 
Jun 18, 1264
The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature. 
Jun 18, 1316
Peace of Fexhe: prince-bishop Adolf II of Mark & Luikse towns 
Jun 18, 1529
Blackfriars begin: Henry VIII & Catharina of Aragon 
Jun 18, 1538
Treaty of Nice: ends war between Emperor Charles V & King French I 
Jun 18, 1541
Irish parliament selects Henry VIII as king of Ireland 
Jun 18, 1574
Polish King Hendrik of Anjou secretly leaves Poland 
Jun 18, 1580
States of Utrecht forbid catholic worship 
Jun 18, 1583
Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383 
Jun 18, 1629
Sea battle at Dungeness: Piet Heyn beat the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy 
Jun 18, 1639
Treaty of Berwick: Ends the First Bishops' War between England and Scotland 
Jun 18, 1643
Skirmish at Chalgrove Field: Prince Rupert parliamentary armies 
Jun 18, 1682
William Penn founds Philadelphia, US 
Jun 18, 1757
Battle at Kolin Bohemia: Austrian army beats Prussia 
Jun 18, 1767
Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island. 
Jun 18, 1778
British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia 
Jun 18, 1779
French fleet occupies St Vincent 
Jun 18, 1812
War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain 
Jun 18, 1815
Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher 
Jun 18, 1821
Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin) 
Jun 18, 1822
Part of US-Canadian boundary determined 
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