June 18 and 19 in History



Jun 3, 2003
Jun 18 1815
Napoleon is defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, partly because of an inability to properly survey the battlefield (due to a case of inflamed hemorrhoids).

Jun 18 1900
The Empress Dowager of China orders all foreigners killed. Among those meeting this fate are the foreign diplomats, their families, as well as hundreds of Christian missionaries and their Chinese converts.

Jun 18 1959
Based on his erratic behavior, the Governor of Louisiana, Earl K. Long, is committed to a state mental hospital. Long responds by arranging for the hospital's director to be fired, and the new director proclaims him perfectly sane. (It is no secret that the man was completely nuts.)

Jun 18 1967
Famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival.

Jun 18 1984
Jewish talk show host Alan Berg is gunned down in the driveway of his Denver home by members of The Order, a neo-Nazi group partially inspired by the novel The Turner Diaries.

Jun 18 1996
Ted Kaczynski is indicted on ten criminal counts. He is suspected of being of being the Unabomber, who perpetrated 16 bomb attacks on people involved in technology.

Jun 19 1312
Piers Gaveston, the disturbingly open homosexual lover of King Edward II of England, is beheaded after he attempted to return to Edward's side. For a time Gaveston was ward of the underage boy before the death of his father Edward I, to the great dismay of many important lords. After succession to king, Edward appointed Gaveston as Earl of Cornwall for no other reason than being the king's personal cornhole.

Jun 19 1867
Emperor Maximilian of Mexico is executed by firing squad. Although he bribed the seven riflemen to not shoot him in the head, one did anyway.

Jun 19 1934
The Federal Communications Commission, perhaps the most wicked body of do-gooders ever to exist in the United States, is created.

Jun 19 1953
Atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are electrocuted at Sing-Sing Prison, becoming the first civilians ever executed for espionage in American history. Five jolts of electricity were required to kill Ethel. Her husband Julius was on the Soviet payroll, according to recently released archives. It is not clear whether Ethel had any involvement or how much Julius actually assisted the Soviet atomic bomb effort.

Jun 19 1964
San Francisco's Condor Club becomes the first topless bar in the United States when dancer Carol Doda steps onstage in a bottom-only swimsuit designed by Rudi Gernreich. Other San Francisco clubs follow suit just days later.

Jun 19 1982
Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, is found hanging from Blackfriar's Bridge in London. His death is initially ruled a suicide, though it is quite obviously murder; that assessment is later overturned. Calvi may have been killed because of his involvement in the laundering of drug money through the Vatican Bank.
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