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18
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1812
War of 1812 begins
The day after the Senate followed the House of Representatives in voting to declare war against Great Britain, President James Madison signs the declaration into law–and the War of 1812 begins. The American war declaration, opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, had been called in response... read more »
American Revolution
1778
British abandon Philadelphia »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1937
Novelist Gail Godwin is born »
1942
Film critic Roger Ebert born »
1967
The Monterey Pop Festival reaches its climax »
Civil War
1864
Union hero Joshua Chamberlain is wounded at Petersburg »
Cold War
1979
Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT-II nuclear treaty »
Crime
1984
A radio host is gunned down for his controversial views »
Disaster
1972
Jet mysteriously crashes after takeoff at Heathrow, killing 118 people »
General Interest
1815
Napoleon defeated at Waterloo »
1983
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space »
Inventions & Science
1923
Checker Cab produces first taxi at Kalamazoo factory »
Sports
1960
Arnold Palmer wins U.S. Open »
U.S. Presidents
1798
President John Adams passes first of Alien and Sedition Acts »
Vietnam War
1965
SAC B-52s are used for the first time in South Vietnam »
1966
General Westmoreland requests more troops »
Westward Expansion
1847
Fur trader and artist Alexander Murray departs for the Yukon »
World War I
1915
French troops halt fighting in Artois region »
World War II
1940
Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich »