Today's History Trivia for June 18
1983 First U.S. woman in space Sally Ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1961 A Soviet K-19 nuclear submarine develops a radioactive leak on its maiden voyage. Fourteen sailors die in the effort to prevent a reactor explosion.
1953 Boston Red Sox score 17 runs in one inning against the Detroit Tigers.
1928 First transatlantic flight by a woman Amelia Earhart lands in the Friendship. She had begun the previous day.
1873 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for voting illegally.
1815 Napoleon - Battle of Waterloo Napoleon is defeated by the Duke of Wellington.
1812 War of 1812 U.S. declares war on Great Britain.
1178 Moon Explosion Five Canterbury monks witness an explosion on the Moon, described as a flaming torch spewing out fire and sparks causing the Moon to throb like a wounded snake and causing it to take on a blackish appearance.
Today's Birthdays for June 18
1964 Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti d. 2003 eldest son of Saddam Hussein and his first wife. In 1988, at a party thrown in the honor of the wife of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Uday beat to death his father's personal valet with a cane in front of horrified guests before finishing him off with an electric carving knife. The valet had recently introduced his father Saddam to a beautiful, younger woman who later became Saddam's second wife. Uday took this as an insult to his mother.
1952 Isabella Rossellini Italian model, actress. Model: Lancome cosmetics. Film: Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990).
1952 Carol Kane American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Taxi (Latka's wife Simka).
1942 Roger Ebert American film critic. He won the first Pulitzer Prize for film criticism (1975) and wrote the screenplay for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970).
1942 Paul McCartney British musician, one of the Beatles.
1924 George Lawrence Mikan Jr d. 2005 American Hall of Fame basketball player, "Mr. Basketball." He was the first professional player to score 10,000 points. His proficiency at blocking shots at the rim that led the NCAA to ban goaltending. He was the first commissioner of the American Basketball Association (ABA, 1967).
1916 Richard Boone d. 1981 American actor. TV: Have Gun, Will Travel (Paladin).
1914 E.G. Marshall d. 1998 (Everett G. Marshall), American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Defenders (Emmy, as Lawrence Preston). Film: 12 Angry Men (1957, conscientious juror #4).
1913 Sammy Cahn d. 1993 American Oscar-winning lyricist. Music: Call Me Irresponsible, Three Coins in a Fountain (1954, Oscar), High Hopes, and Love And Marriage (theme to TV's Married… With Children).
1904 Keye Luke d. 1991 Chinese-born American actor. Film: Charlie Chan's No. 1 son. TV: Kung Fu (Master Po).
1877 James Montgomery Flagg d. 1960 American artist, creator of the "I Want You" Uncle Sam recruiting poster (1917). He used his own face as the model for the poster.
1850 Cyrus H.K. Curtis d. 1933 American publisher, founder of Ladies' Home Journal (1883).
Deaths for June 18
2010 Robert Galambos b. 1914 American neuroscientist who coined the term "echolocation." He and Donald Griffin proved that bats use echolocation for night flight.
1992 Peter Allen b. 1944 Oscar-winning songwriter, actor. Music: Arthur's Theme (Oscar) and I Honestly Love You (hit for Olivia Newton-John).
1963 Pedro Armendariz b. 1912 Mexican actor. Film: From Russia with Love (British spymaster Ali Kerim Bey). His death was attributed to radiation exposure received from an A-bomb test near the filming of a movie in 1953.
1961 Edward Carl Gaedel b. 1925 American baseball player, midget (3 foot, 7 inches tall), he was a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns. He was walked on his only time at bat (1951).
1880 John Augustus Sutter b. 1803 German-born American explorer, trader. He was prosperous until gold was discovered on his mill (1848) - the incoming prospectors stole his land and his workers quit to seek their own fortunes.
1865 Edmund Ruffin b. 1794 American agriculturist. He fired the first shot of the attack on Fort Sumter starting the Civil War. According to legend, he wrapped himself in the Confederate flag and committed suicide after the collapse of the Confederacy.