What Happened on June 18


Historical Events

1887 – The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia is signed
1949 – “Along Fifth Avenue” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
1953 – Red Sox rookie Eugene Stephens is 1st player in AL history to register 3 hits in an inning; Boston score 17 runs in 7th Inning in 23-3 rout of Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park
1959 – 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
2006 – The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched
2019 – China has been forcefully harvesting organs from marginalized groups in prison camps on a significant scale according to International Tribunal in London

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Famous Birthdays

1581 – Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, born in Compton Scorpion, Warwickshire, England (d. 1613)
1906 – (James) “Kay” Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
1917 – Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, Azerbaijani composer, born in Nukha, Azerbaijan (d. 2002)
1921 – Wesley Lau, American actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1984)
1942 – Paul McCartney, British rock singer-songwriter, bassist, piano player (The Beatles – “Yesterday”; “I Will”; Wings -“Silly Love Songs”), born in Liverpool, England
1947 – Linda Thorson [Robinson], Canadian actress (The Avengers – “Tara”, One Life To Live – “Julia”), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1772 – Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-Austrian physician (Austrian Empress Maria Theresa’s personal physician), dies at 72
1799 – Johann Andre, German composer, dies at 58
1925 – Robert M. La Follette, American lawyer and presidential candidate (Progressive), dies at 70
1945 – Harold C. Roberts, American commandant 22nd regiment marines (3 Navy Crosses), dies in battle during Okinawa campaign at 46
2016 – Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
2017 – Hope Ryden, American wildlife activist and photographer, dies at 87

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