18th June 1767 (241 Years)
English sea captain Samuel Wallis sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
18th June 1815 (193 Years)
The Battle of Waterloo, fought in present-day Belgium.
18th June 1916 (92 Years)
Max Immelmann, Germany's first air ace of the First World War and a pioneer in fighter aviation, dies.
18th June 1936 (72 Years)
Maxim Gorky, Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the Socialist realism literary method and a political activist, dies.
18th June 1940 (68 Years)
"Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill.
18th June 1945 (63 Years)
William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II.
19th June 1867 (141 Years)
The Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, First Emperor of Mexico was executed by a firing squad.
19th June 1937 (71 Years)
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, died.
19th June 1953 (55 Years)
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
19th June 1964 (44 Years)
The Civil Rights Act was approved in the United States.
20th June 1887 (121 Years)
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee is celebrated.
21st June 1527 (481 Years)
Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian politician and philosopher, dies.
22nd June 1969 (39 Years)
Judy Garland, American singer, actress, and vaudevillian, renowned for her contralto vocals, died.
22nd June 1987 (21 Years)
Fred Astaire, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter, died.
23rd June 1314 (694 Years)
Battle of Bannockburn during the First War of Scottish Independence.
23rd June 1763 (245 Years)
Josephine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon, first Empress of France, was born.
23rd June 1868 (140 Years)
Christopher Latham Sholes received a US patent for an invention he called the "Type-Writer."
23rd June 1939 (69 Years)
Mark Gertler, British painter of figure subjects, portraits and still-life, commits suicide at age 47.
24th June 1717 (291 Years)
The Premier Grand Lodge of England, now the United Grand Lodge of England, is founded as the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world.
24th June 1848 (160 Years)
Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
24th June 1888 (120 Years)
Gerrit Rietveld, architect and designer, was born.
24th June 1916 (92 Years)
Thomas Eakins, American realist painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator, dies.
24th June 1916 (92 Years)
Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
24th June 1948 (60 Years)
The Soviet Union blocks the Western Allies' railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under allied control, known as the Berlin Blockade.
25th June 1741 (267 Years)
Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned Queen of Hungary.
25th June 1852 (156 Years)
Antoni Gaudí, Spanish Catalan architect and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, was born.
25th June 1923 (85 Years)
Sam Francis, American painter and printmaker, was born.
25th June 1950 (58 Years)
The Korean War begins.
26th June 1763 (245 Years)
George Morland, English rural landscape artist, was born.
26th June 1963 (45 Years)
'Ich bin ein Berliner' (I am a Berliner) famous speech made by JFK visiting West Berlin.

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