Today is Friday, June 18, the 170th day of 2004. There are 196 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 18th, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
On this date:
In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War.
In 1812, the United States declared war against Britain.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.
In 1928, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
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 1945, William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was charged in London with high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. (He was hanged the following January.)
In 1948, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York.
In 1979, President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT Two strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.
In 1984, Alan Berg, a Denver radio talk show host, was shot to death outside his home. (Two white supremacists were later convicted of civil rights violations in the slaying.)
Ten years ago: The presidents of North Korea and South Korea agreed to hold a historic summit (however, plans for the summit were disrupted by the death of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on July 8).
Five years ago: The House rejected gun control legislation, 280-147, with many Democrats rebelling against National Rifle Association-backed provisions in the bill. The Group of Seven nations opened a three-day summit in Cologne, Germany. Arsonists struck three synagogues in the Sacramento, Calif., area. (Two white supremacist brothers were later convicted of federal charges and received sentences of 21 to 30 years in prison.)
One year ago: Convicted rapist Andrew Luster, heir to the Max Factor fortune, was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after five months on the run. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Larry Doby, who broke the American League's color barrier in 1947, died in Montclair, N.J.; he was believed to be 79.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Ian Carmichael is 84. Columnist Tom Wicker is 78. Rock singer-composer-musician Sir Paul McCartney is 62. Movie critic Roger Ebert is 62. Actress Constance McCashin is 57. Actress Linda Thorson is 57. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 52. Actress Carol Kane is 52. Singer Tom Bailey (The Thompson Twins) is 47. Rock singer Alison Moyet is 43. Country singer-musician Tim Hunt is 37. Rock singer-musician Sice (The Boo Radleys) is 35. Rhythm and blues singer Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) is 33. Actress Mara Hobel is 33. Country singer Blake Shelton is 28. Actress Renee Olstead ("Still Standing") is 15.
Thought for Today: "Neither beg of him who has been a beggar, nor serve him who has been a servant." - Anonymous.