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Today in History - June 18

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - June 18

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Today in History - June 18


Today in History for June 18:

In 1464, Roman Catholic Pope Pius II organized a crusade against the Turks, but died before he could meet up with his allies. Soon after, the crusading mentality died out.

In 1812, the U.S. declared war on Britain following disputes over Maritime rights. It was the only major war, other than native wars, fought on Canadian soil.

In 1815, deposed French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British and Prussian troops.

In 1846, the first telegraph system was opened connecting Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ont.

In 1855, the rebuilding of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal was completed.

In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was found guilty by a judge in Canandaigua, N.Y., of breaking the law by casting a vote in the 1872 presidential election. The judge fined Anthony $100, but she never paid.

In 1908, parliamentarian Stanley Knowles was born in Los Angeles to Canadian parents. He spent nearly four decades in Parliament, championing the causes of veterans, the elderly, the poor and the disadvantaged. He died in 1997, nine days short of his 89th birthday.

In 1928, Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen died after a flying accident in the North Sea.

In 1940, during the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour."

In 1962, a federal election left the Conservatives under John Diefenbaker with a minority government after they lost 100 seats from their 1958 landslide. The Tories were defeated in both the Commons and a general election the following year.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the shuttle "Challenger." The mission included the deployment of Canada's "Anik C2" communications satellite.

In 1985, an Ontario election led to the end of 42 years of Conservative rule in the province. David Peterson's Liberals took power through an alliance with the New Democrats.

In 1996, 47-year-old Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel's youngest prime minister after he formed a six-party governing coalition. …

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