June 18


July 5, 2022

June 18 is the 169th day of the year (170th day in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar. This is followed by 196 days until the end of the year.


General 1839 - William III of the Netherlands marries Sophie of Württemberg. 1970 - A heavy forest fire at the Artillerie Schietkamp (ASK) threatens nearby 't Harde. The fire is barely extinguished but six houses burn down. 1989 - Myanmar is the new name of the South-East Asian country of Burma. 1991 – A landslide in the Chilean city of Antofagasta caused by exceptionally heavy rainfall kills more than 60 people. 1995 - An explosion at a roadside restaurant in the Belgian town of Eynatten, close to the Drielandenpunt, kills at least sixteen people and seriously injures three. 2011 - Venezuela's military sends 400 additional troops to El Rodeo prison, 40 kilometers from the capital, Caracas, where an uprising has broken out. 2017 - In Portugal, 62 people die in a very large forest fire in Pedrógão Grande. Economy 1991 - The ruling United National Independence Party of Zambia opts for the introduction of a Western-style free-market economy. Media 1930 - Creation of the National Institute of Radio Broadcasting (NIR), the Belgian official radio. 2002 - Hans Goslinga, political editor at the newspaper Trouw, wins the 2001 Anne Vondeling Prize. War 1389 - The Armistice of Leulinghen. 1815 - Battle of Waterloo 1940 - Charles de Gaulle radioed France from London to continue the struggle, although it had just been overrun by Nazi Germany. Politics 1155 – Frederick I Barbarossa is crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in Rome by Pope Adrian IV. 1789 - Emperor Joseph II abolishes the Joyous Entry of Brabant, giving rise to the Brabant Revolution. 1953 - Egypt is proclaimed a republic and General Mohammed Naguib is sworn in as its first president 1979 - Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT 2 nuclear weapons limitation treaty in Vienna. Recreation 2011 - The attraction Van Helsing's Factory is opened in Movie Park Germany. Religion 1818 - Creation of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of the Cape of Good Hope. 1990 - Pope John Paul II elevates the Church of St. Liduina and Our Lady of the Rosary in Schiedam to a basilica. Sport 1906 - Creation of the Paraguayan Football Federation under the name Liga Paraguaya de Fútbol. 1933 - Opening of the Stade Félix Bollaert in Lens, France. 1945 - Founding of the Polish football club Piast Gliwice after Vorwärts-Rasensport Gleiwitz was previously dissolved. 1946 - The Colombian football club Millonarios is founded in Bogota. 1972 - West Germany win the European Football Championship in Brussels by beating the Soviet Union 3-0 in the final. 1989 - In Berlin, the Dutch hockey team finishes second in the Champions Trophy tournament. 1994 - Alexander Popov, reigning Olympic champion from Russia, breaks the world record in the 100-meter freestyle to 48.21 in Monte Carlo. The old record (48.42) had been held by American swimmer Matt Biondi since August 10, 1988. 1995 - Norway wins the second FIFA Women's World Cup by beating Germany 2-0 in the final. 2009 - Clarence Seedorf buys the Italian football club AC Monza Brianza 1912 through his company ON-International. Former professional football player Giuseppe Bergomi and businessman Salvo Zangari also contribute and become co-owners. Science and technology 1908 - A fully electronic television system is described in Nature by A. A. Campbell Swinton. 1928 - Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, as a passenger. 1981 - Introduction of the first genetically modified vaccine (a vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease). 1983 - Sally Ride is the first American v