18th June

The events happened on 18th June are :

1812 : War of 1812 begun : Initiating the War of 1812 on this day, U.S. President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain over oppressive maritime trade practices during the Napoleonic Wars. The long struggle between Great Britain and France led both countries to infringe on the rights and impair the interests of neutrals.

1983 : The first American woman to fly into outer space, Sally Ride, was launched with four other astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1979 : The SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) II treaty was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Russian President Leonid Ilich Brezhnev.

1940 : Broadcasting from London, Charles de Gaulle appealed to his compatriots to continue World War II under his leadership.

1815 : Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, ending 23 years of recurrent warfare between France and the other powers of Europe.

1429 : Joan of Arc led the French army against the English at Patay.

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