17 June 2012

Timeline June 17 & 18

June 17
1673  French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
1703  John Wesley, English Anglican clergyman and evangelist, was born.
1775  The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
1885  The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Irene.
1928  Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.

June 18
1812  At the urging of President James Madison, the United States declared war on Great Britain.
1815  British and Prussian troops defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in Belgium.
1942  Paul McCartney British singer, songwriter and musician was born.
1948  Columbia Records unveiled its new long-playing, 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record.

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