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6/18/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 18
The Franklin Institute is a science museum and center of science education and research in Philadelphia. It is named in honor of the noted American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. (Public Domain Photo)

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Today in History in 1682 William Penn founded Philadelphia; in 1873 Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting for the President; and in 1930 Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute were held in Philadelphia.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1682 - William Penn founds Philadelphia, US
  • 1812 - War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
  • 1815 - Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
  • 1873 - Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for voting for President
  • 1912 - The Chicago national Republican Convention splits between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt; after Taft is nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party form the Progressive Party (also known as the 'Bull Moose Party')
  • 1928 - American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • 1930 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute held.
  • 1940 - Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons
  • 1948 - UN Commission on Human Rights adopts Intl Decl of Human Rights
  • 1996 - Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.
  • 2014 - Ian McKellen is awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University, becoming a Doctor of Letters

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1886 - George Mallory, England, mountain climber ("because it is there")
  • 1913 - Sammy Cahn, lyricist (3 Coins in a Fountain)
  • 1913 - Sylvia Porter, financial writer (Sylvia Porter's Money Book)
  • 1942 - Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1952 - Isabella Rossellini, Rome Italy, actress (Big Night, Blue Velvet)
  • 1976 - Blake Shelton, American Country Singer

Famous Weddings

  • 1839 - Dutch prince Willem Alexander (later William III) weds cousin Princess Sophia
  • 1858 - Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo
  • 1953 - Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)
  • 1955 - Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England
  • 1965 - Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon
  • 1989 - John Wayne Bobitt marries Lorena L Gallo
  • 1992 - Actor Jameson Parker weds actress Darleen Carr
  • 2005 - "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales
  • 2006 - "Weezer" lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo (36) weds Kyoko Ito at a secluded beach on Paradise Cove in Malibu
  • 2011 - British peer and brother of Princess Diana Charles Spencer (47) weds Canadian social entrepreneur and former model Karen Gordon (39) at Althorp House in Northamptonshire
  • 2011 - Reality TV Personality Toya Carter (27) weds "The Deal" TV host Mickey Wright in Atlanta
  • 2012 - R&B singer Bobby Brown (43) weds Alicia Etheridge in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 - Former Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (36) divorces former model Lisa Ann Russell (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
  • 2012 - "The L Word" actress Laurel Holloman (41) divorces architect Paul Macherey (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1673 - Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America, dies at 66
  • 1936 - Maxim Gorky, [Alexei M Peshkov], Russian writer (Mother), dies at 68
  • 1959 - Ethel Barrymore, [Blythe], actress (None but the lonely), dies at 79
  • 1982 - Curt Jurgens, actor (Disorder), dies of an acute heart attack at 66
  • 1982 - John Cheever, Pulitzer prize winning author, dies at 70 in Ossining
  • 1986 - Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • 1992 - Peter Allen, entertainer (Legs Diamond), dies of aids at 48
  • 2000 - Nancy Marchand, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 2002 - Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77
  • 2014 - Johnny Mann, American Grammy-award winning musician, dies at 85

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