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18th June

1812 The War between the United States and Great Britain, 181215 began.

1815 The forces of Wellington and Blucher defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

1920 * Ian Carmichael, English actor who starred in the film The Lady Vanishes (1979).

1927 * Paul Eddington, English stage and TV actor who starred in the TV series Yes, Minister.

1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic. The flight took about 21 hours.

1942 * Paul McCartney, English singer and former member of the group The Beatles.

1956 The former President of the United States, Harry Truman, dismissed suggestions Moscow may be about to turn its back on its Stalinist past.

1961 * Alison Moyet, English singer who produced the album Alf (1984).

1965 The British government announced that it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers with penalties for those caught above it.

1972 UK's worst air crash. A flight from London Heathrow to Brussels crashed minutes after take-off killing all 118 people on board.

1975 The first North Sea Oil came ashore from a Liberian tanker at BP's Isle of Gain refinery.

1979 US President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT treaty.

1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

1999 Police and protesters clashed at a demonstration against capitalism in the centre of London's financial district. The rally was timed to coincide with the start of a summit of the world's richest countries in Germany.

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