Maine Fast Fact: The Great Seal of Maine was adopted in June 1820. In the center of the seal is a shield with a picture of a moose lying near a pond with a pine tree in the back; to the left is a farmer resting on his scythe and on the right is a sailor leaning on an anchor. The state motto “Dirigo” and the North Star are at the top and below the shield is a banner that says “Maine.”
- 1877: James Montgomery Flagg, American artist and illustrator, created the poster of Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption “I want YOU for the U.S. Army.”
- 1937: John D. Rockefeller IV, U.S. Senator from West Virginia
- 1942: Roger Ebert, American film reviewer; Sir Paul McCartney, English singer and songwriter, member of the band The Beatles
- 1949: Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator of children’s books, known for his books Jumanji and The Polar Express
- 1963: Dizzy Reed, American musician, keyboardist for the band Guns N’ Roses
- 1971: Nathan Morris, American singer, founder of the music group Boyz II Men
- 1973: Ray LaMontagne, American singer and songwriter
- 1959: Ethel Barrymore, American actress
- 1767: English sea captain Samuel Wallis sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach it.
- 1778: The British abandon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
- 1812: The United States declares war on Britain, the beginning of the War of 1812.
- 1815: Napoleon Bonaparte and the French troops are defeated by British and Prussian troops at the Battle of Waterloo.
- 1873: Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 because of her attempt to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
- 1940: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives a speech and tells his countrymen to perform so that future generations will say that “this was their finest hour.”
- 1948: The new long-playing 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record is unveiled to the public by Columbia Records.
- 1983: Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space on the space shuttle Challenger.
- 1996: The suspected Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, is indicted on ten criminal counts.
June 18 is Autistic Pride Day, a day that creates public awareness about Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. It was created by Aspies for Freedom, an organization that celebrates the neurodiversity of people and educates the public about Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The day is about changing the views of Autism and Asperger’s syndrome from a disease and disability to just a difference in neurological characteristics. It is the Queen Mother’s Birthday in Cambodia, celebrating the birthday of the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. And Great Britain celebrates Waterloo Day today, commemorating the Battle of Waterloo which was fought in present-day Belgium on this day in 1815.
For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_18 , http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/20100618.html , http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autistic_Pride_Day , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Cambodia , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterloo_Day