This Day in History – June 18

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June 18

Have you ever stopped and wondered what today was like years ago? What wars were fought or how societies and systems functioned, how they were built, and how they operated. History tells how far we have come and how things have changed across the world. History helps us take in an elaborate picture of where we stand today. So, let us try to unravel this Day in History – June 18!

What Happened in India on June 18?

  • 1658: The Agra Fort
    Aurangzeb captured the Agra Fort.
  • 1940: The Forward Bloc
    The Forward Bloc of the Indian National Congress by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was established.
  • 1946: Goa Liberation Movement
    Goa Liberation Movement, the first Satyagraha Movement started. It was this movement that liberated Goa from Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 1956: The Hindu Succession Act of the Parliament of India
    The Hindu Succession Act of the Parliament of India was passed on this day. The law was about the uniform system of inheritance.
  • 1978: The Karakoram Highway opened
    The Karakoram Highway opened today. It is known as the highest paved international road in the world and connects China and Pakistan. The 1,300 km highway is named “The Karakoram” as it passes through the Karakoram mountain range.
  • 1980: Shakuntala Devi‘s new world record
    Indian “human computer” Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds.
  • 1991: Rise of Congress
    Congress became the largest party in Lok Sabha despite having no absolute majority.
  • 1993: Swearing of Hindutva
    Hindutva was sworn on this day by the 14th national council of BJP in Bangalore.

Also Read: June 16th – This Day in History

What Happened Around The World on June 18?

  • 618: Coronation of the Chinese governor
    Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiated three centuries of the Tang Dynasty’s rule over China
  • 1538: Treaty of Nice
    The war between Emperor Charles V & King French I ends through the Treaty of Nice.
  • 1682: Philadelphia was founded
    William Penn founded Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 1837: The new Constitution of Spain
    Spain gets a new Constitution that ingrained the concepts of constitutionalism, parliamentarism, and separation of powers in Spain.
  • 1812: War of 1812
    The U.S. President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain.
  • 1815: Battle of Waterloo
    Napoleon and France were defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher.
  • 1847: The earliest capture of lightning
    The earliest known photograph of lightning was taken by  American photographer Thomas Martin Easterly using the daguerreotype process in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Credit: Thomas Martin Easterly.

1928 American aviator Amelia Earhart

 Amelia Earhart became the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales

Credit: NASA
  • 1940: Winston Churchill’s Speech
    “This was their finest hour” speech urging perseverance during the Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons.
  • 1983: 1st US woman in space
    Sally Ride was the 1st US woman in space in the 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launch.
  • 2006: Launch of KazSat
    The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched
  • 2017: Rare magnitude-four earthquake
    A tsunami caused in Nuugaatsiaq in northwestern Greenland due to a rare magnitude-four earthquake.
  • 2020: Increase in the COVID-19 death toll
    Global COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known.

Famous Birthdays

1901: Grand Duchess Anastasia

The daughter of Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was born on June 18, 1901.

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Credit: Pinterest

1908: P. Kakkan

P. Kakkan was a Dalit leader, freedom fighter and Indian politician who served as a member of the Constituent Assembly of India.

1986: Richard Madden

Richard Madden born on June 18, 1986 is a Scottish Actor.

1931: K.S. Sudarshan

Kuppahalli Sitaramayya Sudarshan (born June 18, 1931) was the former sarsanghachalak (2000-2009) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist organisation that is said to be devoted to social welfare.

1958: Homi Motivala

Homi Dady Motivala (born 18 June 1958) is an Indian sportsperson in Yachting. He received the Arjuna award for best performance in yachting for the year 1993, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on June 18. We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more entertaining and informative content, follow Leverage Edu. on Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.

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