Events - June 18
1621 - The first duel in America reportedly took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Sorry, we have no line score.
1812 - The United States issued a declaration of war on Great Britain. And so began the War of 1812, prompted by Britain’s violations of America’s rights on the high seas and the involvement of the British in Indian uprisings on the frontiers.
1898 - Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier to a large summertime seashore crowd. The world-famous Steel Pier over the Atlantic Ocean offered 9-1/2 miles of amusements, concerts, food, beverages, concessions and more. The Steel Pier once featured a horse that would dive into a pool at the end of the pier, in fact. The summer resort gave many a youngster their start in show biz, like Ed McMahon, who used to be a barker on the ocean pier.
1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp honored Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis". It was the first postage stamp to feature the name of a living American.
1939 - The CBS radio network aired "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" for the first time. An interesting twist came near the end of the program when the show was stopped to allow a panel of experts to guess the solution of the night’s mystery.
1944 - Golfing legend Byron Nelson finished in the money in his 52nd consecutive tournament. He won the Red Cross Open golf competition held at New Rochelle, NY.
1956 - Nanette Fabray bid audiences farewell in her final appearance on "Caesars Hour" after two years as a regular on the popular TV program.
1961 - "Gunsmoke" was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio. The show had been on for nine years. It was called the first adult Western. The star of "Gunsmoke" was William Conrad, who would become a major TV star ("Cannon", "Jake and the Fatman"), as well. When "Gunsmoke" moved to TV, James Arness filled Conrad’s boots.
1972 - Newspapers around the country, including "The Washington Post", reported a burglary. The story took up nothing more than a couple of inches of copy, buried inside the paper and out of sight of the day’s top news stories. The burglary, on the 6th floor of a plush Washington, D.C. apartment and office complex called the Watergate, would later drive President Richard M. Nixon from the White House. The growing story became a Pulitzer Prize-winner for journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
1975 - Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox had one of the greatest days in major-league baseball history. Lynn contributed 10 runs, 16 total bases on three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox won the game 15-1.
1977 - Fleetwood Mac worked "Dreams" to the number one spot on the pop music charts this day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes.
1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, beginning her ride aboard the space shuttle "Challenger" for a six-day Odyssey.
1985 - The Wimbledon tennis seeding-committee, unable to decide on a favorite, made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds. It was the first time in the 63-year history of the Wimbledon Open that a first co-seeding was utilized.
1985 - Patrick Ewing became one of 11 basketball centers to be chosen in the first-round draft of college players for the National Basketball Association. Ewing was picked by, and became a major star for, the New York Knicks.
1986 - Don Sutton of the California Angels pitched his 300th career win to lead Gene Autry’s ball club to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Sutton went on to win a total of 324 games in his illustrious career.
1996 - Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in (following Knesset approval) as Israel’s 9th Prime Minister. Netanyahu, the first prime minister born after the establishment of Israel, was elected May 29. His Likud-Party government lasted just under three years. He was defeated by the Labor Party’s leader, Ehud Barak, May 17, 1999.
1999 - These movies debuted in the U.S.: "An Ideal Husband", starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, and Jeremy Northam; "The General’s Daughter", with John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III and James Woods; and "Tarzan", featuring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Chris Phillips and Rosie O’Donnell.
Birthdays - June 18
1886 - George Mallory (explorer, mountain climber: last seen in 1924 climbing Mt. Everest “Because it is there.”; Mallory’s body found on Everest at 27,000' May 1, 1999)
1897 - Kay (James King Kern) Kyser (bandleader: Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge: Three Little Fishes, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; died July 23, 1985)
1903 - Jeanette (Anna) MacDonald (singer with Nelson Eddy, actress: Love Me Tonight, The Firefly, Cairo, The Cat and the Fiddle, One Hour with You, The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie; died Jan 14, 1965)
1904 - Keye Luke (actor: Alice, Kung Fu; Charlie Chan’s #1 son; died Jan 12, 1991)
1908 - Bud (Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr.) Collyer (radio: Superman; TV host: To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, Masquerade Party, Winner Take All; died Sep 8, 1969)
1910 - Ray McKinley (musician: drummer: Big Boy, Hard-Hearted Hannah, Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume, You Came Along Way [from St. Louis]; led Glenn Miller Band for estate [1956-66]; died May 7, 1995)
1913 - Sammy Cahn (Samuel Cohen) (composer, lyricist: Rhythm is Our Business, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, Shoe Shine Boy, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, All the Way, My Kind of Town, September of My Years, Love and Marriage, The Second Time Around, High Hopes, The Tender Trap, Three Coins in the Fountain, Call Me Irresponsible; autobiography: I Should Care; died Jan 15, 1993)
1913 - (S.F.) Sylvia (Feldman) Porter (financial columnist: New York Post, New York Daily News; author: Sylvia Porter’s A Home of Your Own, Money Book; died Jun 5,1991)
1914 - E.G. (Edda/Everett Gunnar) Marshall (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Defenders [1961-62, 1962-63}; Chicago Hope, The New Doctors, Twelve Angry Men, The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre; died Aug 24, 1998)
1917 - Richard (Allen) Boone (actor: Have Gun Will Travel, Winter Kills, The Robe, Rio Conchos, Ten Wanted Men, The War Lord, Big Jake; died Jan 10, 1981)
1920 - Ian Carmichael (actor: Dark Obsession, Heavens Above; died Feb 5, 2010)
1924 - George Mikan (Basketball Hall of Famer: NBA Silver Anniversary Team; Minneapolis Lakers MVP , World Basketball Tournament MVP: Chicago American Gears ; ABA Commissioner; ABA’s red/white/blue ball is his concept; died June 2, 2005)
1925 - Robert Arthur (Arthaud) (actor: Naked Youth, Hellcats of the Navy, The Ring, September Affair; died Oct 1, 2008)
1926 - Tom Wicker (journalist, author: One of Us, Richard Nixon & the American Dream; died Nov Nov, 2011)
1928 - Maggie McNamara (actress: The Cardinal, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Moon is Blue; died Feb 18, 1978)
1939 - Lou (Louis Clark) Brock (Baseball Hall of Famer: outfielder: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1964, 1967, 1968/all-star: 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979]; career record: 938 stolen bases; 3,000 career hits; 149 career home runs [500-footer hit into Polo Grounds’ center field bleachers: June 17, 1962])
1942 - Roger Ebert (film critic: of Siskel and Ebert fame; died Apr 4, 2013)
1942 - (James) Paul McCartney (Grammy Award-winning  musician, songwriter, singer: group: The Beatles: 49 hits: She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band; group: Wings: 35 hits: Another Day, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, My Love, Live and Let Die, Band on the Run, Listen to What the Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let ’Em In, Ebony & Ivory [w/Stevie Wonder], The Girl is Mine [w/Michael Jackson]; actor: Yellow Submarine, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour, Give My Regards to Broad Street; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-1999])
1952 - Carol Kane (Emmy Award-winning actress: Taxi [1981-82, 1982-83]; The Princess Bride, Hester Street, Addams Family Values, Carnal Knowledge, Dog Day Afternoon, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Ted & Venus, My Blue Heaven, When a Stranger Calls)
1952 - Isabella Rossellini (Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini) (model: over 500 covers; actress: Twin Peaks, Fearless, Blue Velvet, Crime of the Century, The Impostors)
1953 - Jerome Smith (musician: guitar: group: KC & The Sunshine Band: Get Down Tonight, That’s the Way [I like It], [Shake, Shake, Shake] Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin’ Love, I like to Do It, Boogie Shoes, It’s the Same Old Song, Please Don’t Go; killed in bulldozer accident July 28, 2000)
1956 - Brian Benben (actor: The Brian Benben Show, Family Business, Radioland Murders)
1960 - Barbara Broccoli (film producer: GoldenEye, Crime of the Century, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough; daughter of James Bond film creator Albert R. Broccoli)
1961 - (Genevieve) Alison ‘Alf’ Moyet (singer: solo: Love Resurrection, All Cried Out, Invisible, That Old Devil Called Love, Is This Love?, Weak in the Presence of Beauty; duo: Yazoo: Only You, Don’t Go, Nobody’s Diary)
1966 - Sandy (Santos, Jr.) Alomar (baseball: catcher: SD Padres, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996/World Series: 1995])
1969 - Vito Lograsso (pro wrestler/actor: ECW Hardcore TV, Extreme Championship Wrestling, WCW Thunder)
1973 - Eddie Cibrian (actor: Sunset Beach, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Beverly Hills: 90210, Saved By the Bell: the College Years, Third Watch)
Chart Toppers - June 18
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams
Moody River - Pat Boone
Quarter to Three - U.S. Bonds
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
Hello Walls - Faron Young
Get Back - The Beatles
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini
In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
Running Bear - Sonny James
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Got to Give It Up (Pt. I) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Country Boy - Ricky Skaggs
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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