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I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim, “resistance to tyranny is obedience to God”.
- Susan B. Anthony, American feminist, in court, 1873.
Historical News on June 18
First Woman to Fly Atlantic
1928 30-year-old Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic when the tri-motor Friendship, in which she was a passenger, landed at Burry Port today.
Miss Earhart, the daughter of a railroad attorney and graduate of Columbia University, is employed as a settlement worker in Boston.
Aviation is a passionate hobby with her, and she is a very accomplished pilot.
A plucky girl, Miss Earhart hopes to make a solo flight across the Atlantic herself one day.
1940 Charles de Gaulle, founder of the Free French in England, made a radio appeal from London today urging his fellow countrymen to continue to resist the Germans.
It was in response to Marshall Petain’s announcement yesterday that the French has approached the Germans with a request for an Armistice.
Elated Carter Turns SALT to SWALK
1979 The climatic signing of the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks took place at last in the magnificent State Hall of the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna today.
President Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev shook hands, sat down, signed the documents, and rose again.
Then suddenly and elated Jimmy Carter threw pomp and protocol to the winds.
Taking a quick step towards the “Old Contemptible”, he threw his arms around his granite shoulders and kissed him Russian-style on both cheeks.
Brezhnev was totally taken aback, while the American Press Corps present responded with a gasp of stunned delight.
Napoleon Beaten in The Mire of Waterloo
1815 British and Prussian forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal Blucher finally defeated Napoleon in a bloody battle at Waterloo, in Belgium, today.
The fighting started at about 11.30 am and raged ferociously all day.
Initially, Napoleon’s 74,000 men and 246 guns were pitched against Wellington’s army of 67,000 men and 156 guns, but at 1 pm Blucher’s army arrived to join the fray.
The water-logged state of the cornfields made combat conditions even more appalling.
Soldiers fell dead and dying at every turn and soon mutilated bodies were thick on the ground.
Napoleon’s first decided advantage was gained at 6 pm when Wellington’s position fell into his hands.
But the Iron Duke kept a cool head, quickly readjusting his lines and fortifying his torn center.
The desperate fighting was ultimately concluded by a British-Prussian victory.
The total number of casualties on both sides is estimated to be around 62,000.
Mexican Execute Corrupt Emperor
1867 Despite universal appeals for mercy, Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph was executed by firing squad in Mexico today.
Born in Vienna, the brother of Emperor Francis Joseph and Archduke of Austria, he accepted the crown in 1864.
The position was created by France following its invasion of Mexico in 1863.
Financially and politically, he was wholly dependent on France, and Mexico opposed him from the start.
He further antagonized the country of Mexico by his outrageous extravagance and the inefficiency of his corrupt, intrigue-ridden administration.
In October 1866, Maximilian fled the country with the intention of abdicating. Persuaded to return, he was soon arrested and court-martialled.