Autistic Pride Day (an Aspies for Freedom initiative, is a celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum on 18 June each year. Autistic pride recognises the innate potential in all people, including those on the autism spectrum)
Sustainable Gastronomy Day (The UN General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day)
Waterloo Day (United Kingdom. The date of the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815)
2006 – The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat-1 is launched.
1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
1982 – Italian banker Roberto Calvi's body is discovered hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London, England.
1981 – The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology, makes its first flight.
1979 – SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
1965 – Vietnam War: The United States uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.
1953 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns near Tachikawa, Japan, killing 129.
1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).
1923 – Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets.
1859 – First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.
1812 – The United States declaration of war upon the United Kingdom is signed by President James Madison.
1778 – American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia.
1264 – The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.
1994 – Takeoff, American rapper. Takeoff is the phase of flight in which an aerospace vehicle leaves the ground and becomes airborne.
1990 – Derek Stepan, American ice hockey player. Derek Kenneth Stepan (/stɛˈpɑːn/ steh-PAHN; born June 18, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey center, an alternate captain for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1989 – Chris Harris Jr., American football player. Christopher Harris Jr. (born June 18, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
1989 – Renee Olstead, American actress and singer. In addition, she has recorded four studio albums, primarily of jazz music.
1988 – Josh Dun, American musician. He is best known as half of Twenty One Pilots, alongside Tyler Joseph, contributing drums and percussion.
1985 – Alex Hirsch, American animator and television producer. He also earned BAFTA and Annie Awards for the series.
1985 – Chris Coghlan, American baseball player. Coghlan (pronounced KAHG-lihn; born June 18, 1985) is an American professional baseball utility player who is currently a free agent.
1981 – Clint Newton, American-Australian rugby league player. He played for the Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers in the NRL, Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League, and played for New South Wales Country and the United States at representative level.
1980 – Antonio Gates, American football player. He has been selected into the Pro Bowl eight times and is a five-time All-Pro.
1980 – Tara Platt, American actress, producer, and screenwriter. Tara Platt (born June 18, 1978) is an American actress, voice actress and producer who has provided voices for dozens of English language versions of Japanese anime films, television series and video games.
1976 – Blake Shelton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music singer and television personality.
1973 – Ray LaMontagne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills.
1973 – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, American author and music critic. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing liner notes.
1971 – Kerry Butler, American actress and singer. Kerry Marie Butler (born June 18, 1971) is an American actress known primarily for her work in theatre.
1971 – Nathan Morris, American soul singer. Nathan Morris (born June 18, 1971) is an American singer, businessman, and the founding member of American band Boyz II Men.
1970 – Greg Yaitanes, American director and producer. He is also an angel investor in Twitter.
1969 – Christopher Largen, American journalist and author (d. 2012), was a United States award-winning journalist, novelist, social satirist, public speaker and filmmaker, known for his iconoclastic writings on health and public policy, and his efforts to reduce child abuse. Largen's work is featured in hundreds of news outlets and literary journals, including: Village Voice, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Nashville Scene, The Hill, Lone Star Iconoclast, Creative Loafing, Fort Worth Weekly, LA Weekly, and a Washington Post syndicated column.
1964 – Patti Webster, American publicist and author (d. 2013), was an American entertainment publicist, author, and minister. As the CEO of W&W Public Relations, a company she founded in 1991, Webster represented notable recording artists, athletes, and actors, including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Usher, Halle Berry, Chris Paul and Holly Robinson Peete.
1963 – Bruce Smith, American football player, was a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that played in four consecutive Super Bowls as AFC champions.
1963 – Dizzy Reed, American keyboard player and songwriter. Darren Arthur Reed (born June 18, 1963), better known by his stage name Dizzy Reed, is an American musician and occasional actor.
1962 – Lisa Randall, American physicist and academic. Baird, Jr.
1961 – Andrés Galarraga, Venezuelan-American baseball player. Louis Cardinals (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993–1997), Atlanta Braves (1998–2000), Texas Rangers (2001), San Francisco Giants (2001 and 2003) and Anaheim Angels (2004).
1961 – Angela Johnson, American novelist and poet, was the first woman sentenced to death by a United States federal jury since the 1950s. She was sentenced to death for her role in the murders of five people in 1993.
1961 – Oz Fox, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Richard Alfonso Martinez (born June 18, 1961), better known by the stage name Oz Fox, is the lead guitarist of the Christian glam metal band Stryper.
1960 – Barbara Broccoli, American director and producer. Barbara Dana Broccoli OBE (born June 18, 1960) is a British American film producer known for her work on the James Bond film series.
1959 – Joe Ansolabehere, American animation screenwriter and producer. He was also a head story editor on the first 65 episodes of Rugrats, as well as a co-producer and story editor of the first season of Hey Arnold!.
1957 – Richard Powers, American novelist. Richard Powers (born June 18, 1957) is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology.
1956 – Brian Benben, American actor and producer. Brian Edward Benben (born June 18, 1956) is an American actor, best known for his role as Martin Tupper in the HBO comedy television series Dream On (1990–1996), and also known as Sheldon Wallace on ABC medical drama Private Practice (2008–2013).
1952 – Carol Kane, American actress. She appeared on the television series Taxi in the early 1980s, as Simka Gravas, the wife of Latka, the character played by Andy Kaufman, winning two Emmy Awards for her work.
1952 – Lee Soo-man, South Korean singer and businessman, founded S.M. Entertainment. Lee Soo-man (born 18 June 1952) is a South Korean record producer and executive best known as the founder of SM Entertainment, a global entertainment company based in Seoul, South Korea.
1951 – Miriam Flynn, American actress and comedian. She has acted in other films and in several television series, the latter including a recurring role as Sister Helen on the Fox/WB sitcom Grounded for Life.
1950 – Mike Johanns, American lawyer and politician, 28th United States Secretary of Agriculture. In 2005, he was appointed by President George W.
1949 – Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator. He was also a Caldecott runner-up in 1980 for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
1948 – Sherry Turkle, American academic, psychologist, and sociologist. Sherry Turkle (born June 18, 1948) is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1947 – Ivonne Coll, Puerto Rican-American model and actress, Miss Puerto Rico 1967. She later became an actress, appearing in films such as The Godfather Part II and Lean on Me and television series including Switched at Birth and Teen Wolf.
1946 – Bruiser Brody, American wrestler (d. 1988), was an American professional wrestler who earned his greatest fame under the ring name Bruiser Brody. He also worked as King Kong Brody, The Masked Marauder, and Red River Jack.
1944 – Bruce DuMont, American broadcaster and political analyst. The program, which began in 1980 as Inside Politics, also airs a televised version on Chicago's secondary PBS station, WYCC.
1944 – Sandy Posey, American pop/country singer. Sandy Posey (born Sandra Lou Posey, June 18, 1944) is an American popular singer who enjoyed success in the 1960s with singles such as her 1966 recording of Martha Sharpe's compositions "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl".
1942 – Carl Radle, American bass player and producer (d. 1980), was an American bassist who toured and recorded with many of the most influential recording artists of the late 1960s and 1970s. He was posthumously inducted to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
1942 – Richard Perry, American record producer. From 1978 to 1983, he ran his own record label, Planet Records, which scored a string of hits with the main act on its roster, pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters.
1942 – Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013), was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013.
1939 – Brooks Firestone, American businessman and politician. Anthony Brooks Firestone (born June 18, 1939 ) is an American businessman and politician.
1939 – Lou Brock, American baseball player and sportscaster. Louis Cardinals.
1937 – Del Harris, American basketball player and coach. Delmer William Harris (June 18, 1937) is an American basketball coach who is currently the vice president of the Texas Legends, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
1937 – Jay Rockefeller, American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of West Virginia. Rockefeller moved to Emmons, West Virginia, to serve as a VISTA worker in 1964 and was first elected to public office as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates (1966).
1933 – Tommy Hunt, American singer. Tommy Hunt (born Charles James Hunt; June 18, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American soul/northern soul singer, and a 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee as a member of famed R&B group The Flamingos.
1932 – Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Lee and John C.
1929 – Tibor Rubin, Hungarian-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2015), was a Hungarian-born United States Army soldier. A Holocaust survivor who emigrated to the United States in 1948, he fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war, as a combatant and a prisoner of war (POW).
1928 – David T. Lykken, American geneticist and academic (d. 2006), was a behavioral geneticist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is best known for his work on twin studies and lie detection.
1926 – Allan Sandage, American astronomer and cosmologist (d. 2010). He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California.
1926 – Philip B. Crosby, American businessman and author (d. 2001), was a businessman and author who contributed to management theory and quality management practices.
1926 – Tom Wicker, American journalist and author (d. 2011). He was best known as a political reporter and columnist for The New York Times.
1925 – Robert Beadell, American composer and educator (d. 1994). After military service as a bandsman with the United States Marines during the Second World War, Beadell enrolled in the music program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where his clarinet teacher, Dominick DiCaprio, encouraged him to study composition.
1924 – George Mikan, American basketball player and coach (d. 2005). George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr.
1918 – Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003), was an Italian-American economist and the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT Sloan School of Management.
1918 – Jerome Karle, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013), was an American physical chemist. Jointly with Herbert A.
1917 – Richard Boone, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1981), was an American actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns, including his starring role in the television series Have Gun – Will Travel.
1915 – Alice T. Schafer, American mathematician (d. 2009). She was one of the founding members of the Association for Women in Mathematics in 1971.
1915 – Red Adair, American firefighter (d. 2004), was an American oil well firefighter. He became notable as an innovator in the highly specialized and hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping oil well blowouts, both land-based and offshore.
1915 – Robert Kanigher, American author (d. 2002), was an American comic book writer and editor whose career spanned five decades. He was involved with the Wonder Woman franchise for over twenty years, taking over the scripting from creator William Moulton Marston.
1914 – E. G. Marshall, American actor (d. 1998). Marshall was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hazel Irene (née Cobb; 1892–1975) and Charles G.
1913 – Robert Mondavi, American winemaker and philanthropist (d. 2008), was a leading American vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley in California. From an early period, Mondavi aggressively promoted labeling wines varietally rather than generically.
1913 – Sammy Cahn, American pianist and composer (d. 1993), was an American lyricist, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
1913 – Sylvia Porter, American economist and journalist (d. 1991), was an American economist, journalist and author. At the height of her career, her readership was greater than 40 million people.
1912 – Glenn Morris, American decathlete (d. 1974), was a U.S. track and field athlete. He won a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon in 1936, setting new world and Olympic records.
1910 – Avon Long, American actor and singer (d. 1984), was an American Broadway actor and singer.
1910 – Dick Foran, American actor and singer (d. 1979), was an American actor, known for his performances in western musicals and for playing supporting roles in dramatic pictures.
1910 – Ray McKinley, American singer, drummer, and bandleader (d. 1995), was an American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader.
1908 – Bud Collyer, American actor and game show host (d. 1969), was an American radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major television game show stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth, but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent/Superman on radio and in animated cartoons, initially in theatrical short subjects and later on television.
1908 – Nedra Volz, American actress (d. 2003). In television, she portrayed Aunt Iola on All in the Family, Adelaide Brubaker on Diff'rent Strokes, Emma Tisdale on The Dukes of Hazzard, and Winona Beck on Filthy Rich.
1908 – Stanley Knowles, American-Canadian academic and politician (d. 1997), was a Canadian parliamentarian. Knowles represented the riding of Winnipeg North Centre from 1942 to 1958 on behalf of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and again from 1962 to 1984 representing the CCF's successor, the New Democratic Party (NDP).
1907 – Frithjof Schuon, Swiss-American metaphysicist, philosopher, and author (d. 1998), was an author of German ancestry born in Basel, Switzerland. He was a spiritual master, philosopher, and metaphysician inspired by the Hindu philosophy of Advaita Vedanta and Sufism and the author of numerous books on religion and spirituality.
1904 – Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (d. 1991), was a Chinese-born American film and television actor, technical advisor and artist and a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.
1903 – Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (d. 1965), was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (The Love Parade, Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow and One Hour With You) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour with You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded extensively, earning three gold records.
1902 – Louis Alter, American musician (d. 1980), was an American pianist, songwriter and composer. Alter was 13 when he began playing piano in theaters showing silent films.
1896 – Blanche Sweet, American actress (d. 1986), was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry.
1886 – Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist and paleontologist (d. 1978), was an American ornithologist and avian paleontologist. He was the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
1877 – James Montgomery Flagg, American painter and illustrator (d. 1960), was an American artist, comics artist and illustrator. He worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters.
1857 – Henry Clay Folger, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library (d. 1930), was president and later chairman of Standard Oil of New York, a collector of Shakespeareana, and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
1854 – E. W. Scripps, American publisher, founded the E. W. Scripps Company (d. 1926), was an American newspaper publisher and, together with his sister Ellen Browning Scripps, founder of The E. W.
1839 – William H. Seward Jr., American general and banker (d. 1920), was an American banker and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was the youngest son of William Henry Seward Sr., the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
1511 – Bartolomeo Ammannati, Italian architect and sculptor, designed the Ponte Santa Trinita (d. 1592), was an Italian architect and sculptor, born at Settignano, near Florence. He studied under Baccio Bandinelli and Jacopo Sansovino (assisting on the design of the Library of St.
2015 – Allen Weinstein, American historian and academic (b. 1937)
2015 – Danny Villanueva, American football player and broadcaster, co-founded Univision (b. 1937)
2015 – Phil Austin, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1941)
2015 – Ralph J. Roberts, American businessman, co-founded Comcast (b. 1920)
2014 – Horace Silver, American pianist and composer (b. 1928)
2014 – Johnny Mann, American singer-songwriter and conductor (b. 1928)
2014 – Stephanie Kwolek, American chemist and engineer (b. 1923)
2013 – Brent F. Anderson, American engineer and politician (b. 1932)
2012 – William Van Regenmorter, American businessman and politician (b. 1939)
2011 – Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
2010 – Trent Acid, American wrestler (b. 1980)
2008 – Tasha Tudor, American author and illustrator (b. 1915)
2007 – Hank Medress, American singer and producer (b. 1938)
2006 – Vincent Sherman, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1906)
2003 – Larry Doby, American baseball player and manager (b. 1923)
2000 – Nancy Marchand, American actress (b. 1928)
1998 – Felix Knight, American actor and tenor (b. 1908)
1993 – Craig Rodwell, American activist, founded the Oscar Wilde Bookshop (b. 1940)
1989 – I. F. Stone, American journalist and author (b. 1907)
1986 – Frances Scott Fitzgerald, American journalist (b. 1921)
1984 – Alan Berg, American lawyer and radio host (b. 1934)
1982 – Djuna Barnes, American novelist, journalist, and playwright (b. 1892)
1982 – John Cheever, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1912)
1978 – Walter C. Alvarez, American physician and author (b. 1884)
1971 – Thomas Gomez, American actor (b. 1905)
1963 – Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican-American actor (b. 1912)
1959 – Ethel Barrymore, American actress (b. 1879)
1945 – Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., American general (b. 1886)
1942 – Arthur Pryor, American trombonist, bandleader, and politician (b. 1870)
1833 – Robert Hett Chapman, American minister, missionary, and academic (b. 1771)
1673 – Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian nurse, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (b. 1606)