THIS DAY IN HISTORY 18/06


THIS DAY IN HISTORY 18/06
JUNE 18TH

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1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

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1767 – Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.

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

1837 – Spain gets new Constitution

1928 – Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean

1948 – UN Commission on Human Rights adopts Intl Decl of Human Rights

1953 – Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president

1964 – African Groundnut Council forms in Dakar

1981 – The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California.

2003 – Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like HistoryOrb.com go on to start their own publishing businesses

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1886 – George Mallory, England, mountain climber (“because it is there”)

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1919 – Edwin Clarke, historian/neurologist

1942 – Paul McCartney, Liverpool UK, English musician and member of The Beatles

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1942 – Thabo M Mbeki, South African economist/1st vice-president (1994- )

1952 – Isabella Rossellini, Rome Italy, actress (Big Night, Blue Velvet)

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1971 – Nathan Morris, [Alex Vanderpool], Phila Pa, rapper (Boyz II Men)

1984 – Mateus, Angolan footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

1936 – Maxim Gorky, [Alexei M Peshkov], Russian writer (Mother), dies at 68

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2010 – José Saramago, Portuguese writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

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