This day in history

Tuesday, June 18, is the 169th day of 2013. There are 196 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Rock singer-composer-musician Sir Paul McCartney is 71. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 61. Actress Carol Kane is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) is 42. Country singer Blake Shelton is 37. Actress Willa Holland is 22.

In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War.


In 1812, the War of 1812 began as the United States Congress approved, and President James Madison signed, a declaration of war against Britain.

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In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.

In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was found guilty by a judge in Canandaigua, N.Y., of breaking the law by casting a vote in the 1872 presidential election. (The judge fined Anthony $100, but she never paid the penalty.)

In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, ‘‘This was their finest hour.’’

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.


In 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride, 32, became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on a six-day mission.

In 2012, former Red Sox star pitcher Roger Clemens was acquitted in Washington, D.C., on all charges that he’d obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.