June 18th

1983
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
Sally Ride
1979
Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter sign SALT II. The second “Strategic Arms Limitation Talks” (SALT) agreement was a ground-breaking arms reduction treaty between the Soviet Union and the United States.
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
1972
118 die in the Staines Air Disaster. The Hawker Siddeley Trident aircraft entered a deep stall and plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport.
British European Airways Flight 548
1948
The LP record is introduced. The 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl Long Playing record developed by Columbia Records soon became the music industry's standard medium. It allowed for a total playing time of 20 minutes per side.
LP record
1940
A speech by Charles de Gaulle sparks the French Resistance to German occupation. The Appeal of June 18, transmitted by radio from de Gaulle's exile in the United Kingdom, was pivotal in mobilizing the French after Germany had declared more than half of the country an occupied zone. On August 25, French and Allied troops liberated Paris.
Appeal of 18 June
1928
Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
Amelia Earhart
1873
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
Susan B. Anthony
1815
Napoleon suffers a shattering defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. The battle was Napoleon's last. The French Emperor was exiled to Saint Helena where he died six years later. “To meet one's Waterloo” is still a figure of speech today indicating total defeat.
Battle of Waterloo
1812
War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain.
War of 1812
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.
Emperor Gaozu of Tang