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this day in Herstory
6/18/2012 - DB Metzger

Napolean meets his waterloo and the war of 1812 begins. The ABA and NBA merge and we have much more on the likes of  Sandra Day OíConnor, Sally Ride, Susan B. Anthony and a myriad of writers you probably never heard of.

918  Death of Mercian le Aethelflaed

1778 the British Evacuate Philadelphia. and head to New York across New Jersey. Find out why here.

1812 The War of 1812 begins. Hereís the continuity.

1815 At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon is defeated by Wellington & Blucher. Enough of War. For today anyway.

1872 First Womenís suffrage Convention held at Mercantile Liberty Hall. Hereís some background

1873 Susan B Anthony fined $100 for attempting to vote for President

1898 an amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, NJ. The Steel Pier.

1903 1st transcontinental auto trip begins in SF and arrives in New York three months later. In 2003 the journey was repeated..

1923 The first checker cabs hit the road .Of the 21,000 cabs in NYC in 1928, 8,000 were checkers. Can you guess the number now?

1948 National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time. In Italy to sway elections.. the birth of the CIA

1948 UN Commission on Human Rights adopts International Declaration of Human Rights 

1968 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing

1976 NBA & ABA agree to merge

1981 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra 
Day O'Connor,
 1st woman on high court

1983 Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space on Challenger.

1993 Pepsi declares the stories about tampering with diet Pepsi cans was a hoax. They were right.

.Notable Birthdays

1811 frances sargent locke Osgood writer and poet

1862 born (writer) Carolyn wells writer

1865 Fannie Pearson Hardy Eckstrom (writer)

1877 James Montgomery Flagg illustrator "I want you" recruiting poster

1886 George Mallory the English mountain climber who said when asked why he climbed mountains "because it is there." Then thereís the controversy over Everest

1900 Laura Z. Hobson (writer) (Gentelemanís agreement)

1901 Anastasia daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Empress Alexandra

1901 Jeanette Macdonald (singer, actress)

1904 Keye Luke  Chinese actor.  Charlie Chanís not too bright eldest son and the wise monk in TVís Kung Fu.

1906 Maria Goeppert-Mayer (physicist, Nobel Prize winner)

1913 Sylvia Field Porter (economist, journalist)

1935: Tenley Albright born (Olympic figure

1917 Richard Boone  actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel)



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