June 18 in Pop Culture Trivia

June 18 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 18 History Highlights

  • 1812 – The United States declaration of war upon the United Kingdom was signed by President James Madison, starting The War of 1812.
  • 1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 1979 – SALT II was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Winston Churchill. gave his “Finest Hour” speech.
  • If you were born on June 18th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 25th (prior year)

Winston Churchill’s Finest Hour Speech

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What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war.

If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”

Full Speech

June 18 is…

Cherry Tart Day
Panic Day
Picnic Day
Sushi Day

June 18 Birthday Quotes

“Do good to your friend to keep him, and to your enemy to make him your friend.”
– E.W. Scripps

“I still believe that love is all you need. I don’t know a better message than that.”
– Paul McCartney

“To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts.”
– Roger Ebert

“To me, what makes an artist is a unique personality that they’re not afraid to let show.”
– Blake Shelton

“A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough.”
– E.W. Scripps

June 18 Birthdays

1854 – E.W. Scripps, American publisher, founded the E.W. Scripps Company (died in 1926)
1903 – Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (died in 1965)
1908 – Bud Collyer, American actor and game show host (died in 1969)
1914 – E.G. Marshall, American character actor (died in 1998)
1915 – Robert Kanigher, American comic book author (died in 2002)
1917 – Richard Boone, American actor (died in 1981)
1942 – Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (died in 2013)
1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter
1942 – Richard Perry, American record producer
1952 – Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress
1976 – Blake Shelton, American singer-songwriter

June 18 History

1178 – A meteor crashed into the Moon or exploded between Earth and the Moon.

1812 – The U.S. Congress declares war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland, starting The War of 1812.

1815 – Napoleon defeated at Waterloo, in Belgium.

1923 – Checker Taxi put its first taxi on the streets of Chicago.

1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, as a passenger.

1930 – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute were held in Philadelphia, PA.

1940 – Winston Churchill gave his “Finest Hour” speech.

1948 – Columbia Records introduced the long-playing (33 1/3) record album at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

1965 – The first large solid-fuel rocket – a Titan 3C – was launched into orbit.

1977 #1 Hit June 18, 1977 – June 24, 1977: Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger launched into space on its second mission, with Dr. Sally Ride, making her the first American woman in space.

1984 – Conservative talk radio host Alan Berg – “the man you love to hate” – was gunned down and killed in the driveway of his home in Denver, Colorado.

1988 #1 Hit June 18, 1988 – June 24, 1988: Rick Astley – Together Forever

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated solely for their water content; their flavor was very bitter.

Apples belong to the rose family, just like pears and plums.

A group of Pearls is called a String.

“Baba Yetu”, the theme from Civilization IV, was the first piece of music composed for a video game to win a Grammy Award.

“You can’t handle the truth!” – Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) #moviequotes

Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

I guess in the middle ages being a victim of hacking was a lot more serious.

When lending a pen or marker hand it over without the cap, you are much more likely to get it back

90% of the things I worry about never happen. Worrying works!

No one really knows what the “K-Y” in K-Y Jelly stands for.

Olivia Newton-John was sewn into the leather trousers she wears in the last scene of “Grease”.

“I can’t believe I just gave my panties to a geek.” – Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) #moviequotes

LaCroix sparkling water has been around since the 1980s, and it’s not French – it’s from Wisconsin.

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