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Saturday, June 18, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, June 18, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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A cold front will cross the region from the north and settle south of the area today, ushering in dry high pressure and a pleasantly cooler weekend. Heat will build back over the region toward the middle of next week.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 90.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Highlands Plateau


Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Clear, with lows around 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 90.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 60.

Nantahala Area


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Scattered thunderstorms will develop across the area today. A few of the storms could become severe with damaging winds the main threat, but large hail is also possible. A few of the storms could produce heavy rainfall as well, leading to ponding of water on roadways and low lying areas.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Fri Jun 17 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Northwestern Caribbean Sea:
A broad area of showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized in association with a trough of low pressure located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Development of this system is not likely before it moves inland over northern Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula tonight or on Saturday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over Honduras, Belize, northern Guatemala, and southeastern Mexico through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

No smoke fields will be crossing Macon County today, no map was produced.

Air quality is in theupper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range 4.1 out of 12) today with Grasses and Plantain being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (4.5 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for June 18th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.18 inches in Highlands in 1971
Greatest Snowfall (no measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of June
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-30-2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 06-02-1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on 06-16-1949
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993

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Local and State News

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• Tens of thousands without power as storms move through central NC [WRAl-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Charities stretched thin, over-budget because of record number of need-based requests [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Novant Health: 1 of 3 seeking to add hospital services in Buncombe. Here's its pitch. [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Substantial Voter Fraud Alleged In Lake Santeetlah [Smoky Mountain News]

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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 17 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for June 12th]

How Russia could collapse (again) | Caspain Report

Russia tells BBC “we did not invade Ukraine” and there is “no war” there | BBC News


• European Commission recommends Ukraine be granted EU candidate status [DW News]

• Zelensky adviser: Ukraine can win war in '3 to 6 months' if it gets heavy weapons soon [France 24]

• Russia-Ukraine latest: UN says civilian casualties exceed 10,000 [Al Jazeera]

• Russia's Putin condemns 'mad and thoughtless' Western sanctions [BBC News]

• Ukraine’s Farmers, Contending With Stolen Grain and Mined Fields, Now Say Land Is Being Seized [Wall Street Journal]

• Ukrainian Farmers Poison Russian Troops With Spiked Cherries as Guerrilla War Terrifies Invaders [Yahoo! News]

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• The old world is over: Key takeaways from Putin's first major speech since Russia's military offensive in Ukraine [Russia Today]

• Putin: Russia is building the new world order right now See more at [Pravda ]

• Lukashenko warns Kiev against possible attempts to attack Russian cities [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

• ‘Unacceptable’: Russian warship accused of violating Danish waters [The Guardian]

• Julian Assange can be extradited, says UK home secretary [BBC News]

• Uvalde Police Try to Prevent the Release of ‘Embarrassing’ Records [New York Magazine Intelligencer]

• Stock market's fall has wiped out $3 trillion in retirement savings this year [CBS News]

• Americans Are Building Vacation-Home Empires With Easy-Money Loans [Bloomberg]

• Vince McMahon will step down during WWE misconduct probe [PBS News Hour]

• New Mexico county commissioner who refuses to certify recent election results sentenced for role in January 6 attack [CNN]

Washington Today (6-27-22): Fmr Pres Trump calls Jan 6 Committee investigation 'one-sided witch hunt' | C-SPAN

January 6 committee: Trump knew his plan to overturn election was illegal | DW News

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked opinion on Google Drive or below:

Global National: June 17, 2022 | What's next for Ukraine as EU supports bid to join bloc?

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - June 17th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode June 17th, 2022

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:24pm CEST, 17 June 2022, there have been 535,863,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,314,972 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 June 2022, a total of 11,902,271,619 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:24pm CEST, 17 June 2022, there have been 85,007,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,002,946 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 June 2022, a total of 582,178,649 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Non-effectiveness of Ivermectin on Inpatients and Outpatients With COVID-19; Results of Two Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trials [Frontiers in Medicine]

• Clues to Long COVID: Scientists strive to unravel what is driving disabling symptoms[Science]

• FDA authorizes Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Covid vaccines for children as young as 6 months [CNBC]

TWiV 910: COVID-19 clinical update #119 with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV

• DeSantis reverses, allowing Florida healthcare providers to order vaccines for kids [Miami Herald]

• Israel sees 70% spike in number of seriously ill COVID patients within a week [Times of Israel]

• People who caught Covid in first wave get ‘no immune boost’ from Omicron [The Guardian]

• The fastest-spreading viruses in world history (COVID is #4) [NY Requirements]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• TSMC announces 2nm chip production will start by 2025 [Apple Insider]

• 33 top US hospitals sent website users' medical information, including their locations, to Meta: report [Business Insider]

• Kentucky court delves into use of cell phones for tracking [AP News]

• Elon Musk's SpaceX fires at least five over critical letter [Reuters]

• ‘Lurker’ Probes & Disappearing Stars [Centauri Dreams]

• USB-C iPhone could become mandatory in the US as senators push for common charger law [9TO5MAC]

• The Personal Brand Is Dead: Gen Z would rather be anonymous online [The Atlantic]

• Leaked Audio From 80 Internal TikTok Meetings Shows That US User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China [BussFeedNews]

• U.S., partners dismantle Russian hacking 'botnet,' Justice Dept says [Reuters]

• Social Media Misinformation Is Making Americans Less Empathic [Forbes]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

Deskmeet B660: More Like Desk Meat! 128gb / 20tb dGPU in a Tiny Package | Level1Techs

"Review Bomber" is Epic's Worst Game - DTNS 4299 | Daily Tech News Show

Avi Loeb + Eric Weinstein: UAPs, Academic Research, & Truth | Dr Brian Keating

The other end of a black hole – with James Beacham | The Royal Institution

Saturn V-4X(U) 1 Million Pound Payload: The Beast | Hazegrayart

Richard Russell Steals a Horizon Air Q400 (Exclusive New Footage)

Flying Boeing’s Largest Aircraft - 747-8F Cargo SilkWay West | Sam Chui

Chinese Navy just launched its biggest aircraft carrier ever | Binkov's Battlegrounds

TWiV 910: COVID-19 clinical update #119 with Dr. Daniel Griffin | Microbe TV

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Footage of Nato jet encounter with Russian plane | BBC News

Russian Foreign Minister claims ‘we didn’t invade Ukraine' | BBC News

Ukraine calls for cease-fire to evacuate civilians from Sievierodonetsk chemical plant | DW News

Russian journalist sells Nobel Prize medal for Ukraine | Al Jazeera

EU leaders in Kyiv, Battle for Donbas, Sanctions and soaring energy prices, Saudi sportswashing | France 24

European Union executives back Ukraine's bid to join bloc | CBS News

Russia releases videos claiming to show 2 missing Americans in Ukraine | ABC News

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On This Day

June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 197 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

618 – Li Yuan becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang dynasty rule over China.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Wikipedia: Tang Dynasty]
• [VIDEO: Establishing Tang Dynasty - Li Yuan & Li Shimin's Family Project - Tang Dynasty Origin 1]
• [VIDEO: How did Tang Dynasty of China dominate East and Central Asia?]

656 – Ali becomes Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate.
• [Wikipedia: Ali as Caliph]
• [Wikipedia: Rashidun Caliphate]
• [VIDEO: History of Islam, Part 4 of 5: Partisans of Ali]

860 – Byzantine–Rus' War: A fleet of about 200 Rus' vessels sails into the Bosphorus and starts pillaging the suburbs of the Byzantine capital Constantinople.
• [Slavs and Vikings: Medieval Russia and the Origins of the Kievan Rus]
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Consantinople (860)]

1053 – Battle of Civitate: Three thousand horsemen of Norman Count Humphrey rout the troops of Pope Leo IX.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Civitate 1053 - Norman Conquest of Italy]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Civitate]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Humphrey of Hauteville]
• [Wikipedia: Pope Leo IX]

1155 - Pope Adrian IV crowns Frederick I Barbarossa Roman-German Emperor
• [Wikipedia Bio: Pope Adrian IV]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor]

1178 – Five Canterbury monks see what is possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the Moon's distance from the Earth (on the order of meters) are a result of this collision.
• [Wikipedia: Giodorno Bruno (crater)]
• [The Monk’s Tale]
• [Giordano Bruno crater (4K UHD)]
• [KAGUYA taking "Giordano Bruno" by HDTV]

1264 – The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.
• [Wikipedia: List of Parliaments of Ireland]

1265 – A draft Byzantine–Venetian treaty is concluded between Venetian envoys and Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, but is not ratified by Doge Reniero Zeno.
• [Wikipedia: Byzantine–Venetian treaty of 1268]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Reniero Zeno]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Michael VIII Palaiologos]

1429 – French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years' War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Patay]
• [Wikipedia Bio: John Fastolf]
• [Battle of Patay 1429 AD - Joan of Arc and the Siege of Orleans - Hundred Years' War]

1541 - Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland
• [Henry VIII and Ireland]

1629 - Sea battle at Dungeness: Piet Heyn beats the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy
• [Wikipedia Bio: Piet Pieterszoon Hein]
• [Wikipedia: Dunkirkers]

1633 – Charles I is crowned King of Scots at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.

1639 - Treaty of Berwick: Ends the First Bishops' War between England and Scotland
• [Wikipedia: Treaty of Berwick (1639)]
• [Wikipedia: Bishops' Wars]
• [VIDEO: What were the Bishops' Wars? | The Scottish Prelude to the English Civil War]

1643 - Skirmish at Chalgrove Field: Prince Rupert parliamentary armies
• [Five Minute Battles #5 The Battle of Chalgrove English Civil War 1643]
• [Battle of Chalgrove Field]

1682 - William Penn founds Philadelphia, US
• [Wikipedia: History of Philadelphia]
• [Wikipedia Bio: William Penn/a>]

1684 – The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is revoked via a scire facias writ issued by an English court.

1757 – Battle of Kolín between Prussian forces under Frederick the Great and an Austrian army under the command of Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun in the Seven Years' War.
• [Wikipedia article: Battle of Kolín]

1778 – American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia.

1799 – Action of 18 June 1799: A frigate squadron under Rear-admiral Perrée is captured by the British fleet under Lord Keith.
• [Wikipedia]

1812 – The United States declaration of war upon the United Kingdom is signed by President James Madison, beginning the War of 1812.
• [HistoryPod Video]
• [The British-American War of 1812 - Explained in 13 Minutes]
• [Wikipedia: War of 1812]
• [History: The War of 1812 Documentary]

1815 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.
• [Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Waterloo 1815]
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Waterloo]
• [The Napoleonic Wars (PARTS 1-6)]

1821 - Carl Maria von Weber's opera "Der Freischutz" ("The Marksman") premieres at Schauspielhaus, Berlin , Germany
• [Wikipedia: Der Freischütz]
• [VIDEO: Der Freischütz (1968)]
• [AUDIO: Carl Maria von Weber Der Freischutz, Carlos Kleiber]

1822 – Konstantinos Kanaris blows up the Ottoman navy's flagship at Chios, killing the Kapudan Pasha Nasuhzade Ali Pasha.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Konstantinos Kanaris]
• [Wikipedia: Greek War of Independence]
• [Wikipedia: Chios massacre]
• [Greek Othodox Christian TV: How Chios Saved Civilization 9 - The Massacre of 1822] (poor audio quality at times)

1847 - American photographer Thomas Martin Easterly takes the earliest known photograph of lightning using the daguerreotype process in St. Louis, Missouri
• [The First Photographs of Lightning Crackle with Electric Chaos]
• [Daguerreotype]
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1858 – Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.

1859 – First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Petersburg - Ulysses S. Grant ends four days of assaults and begins a nine month siege
• [Wikipedia: Siege of Petersburg]
• [Under Siege! - S01E05: Petersburg 1864]

1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
• [The Trial of Susan B. Anthony (PDF)]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Susan B Anthony]

1887 – The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia is signed.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [HistoryPod Video]

1900 – Empress Dowager Cixi of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families.
• [Clip from a Documentary on Cixi, the Opium War, and the Boxer Rebellion]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [History China: Cixi Bio Part 1]
• [History China: Cixi Bio Part 2]

1908 – Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the ship Kasato-Maru.
• [Wikipedia: Japanese Brazilians]
• [Wikipedia: Kasato Maru]
• [Unseen Japan: The Japanese who Came to Call Brazil Home]
• [Rio de Janeiro Soloists Orchestra: Kasato Maru]

1908 – The University of the Philippines is established.

1912 - The Chicago national Republican Convention splits between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt; after Taft is nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party form the Progressive Party (also known as the 'Bull Moose Party')
• [Wikipedia: 1912 Republican National Convention]
• [Progressive Party (United States, 1912)]
• [VIDEO: The Historical Progressive Movement and The Republicans | The Rise of Teddy Roosevelt]
• [Wikipedia: Fourth Party System] (Mainly for background on the weider political struggles)

1923 – Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets.
• [Wikipedia]

1924 - Pope Pius XI's encyclical Maximam gravissimamque
• [Text of Document]

1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).

1935 – Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, clash with striking longshoremen, resulting in a total of 60 injuries and 24 arrests.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Ballantyne Pier]
• [Documentary: Ballantyne Pier Riot]

1940 – World War II: Appeal of 18 June by Charles de Gaulle.
• [Newsreel]
• [France 24: De Gaulle's 18 June 1940 Call: "Without Churchill's help he would have been nowhere"]
• [Newsreel (French)]

1940 – World War II: The "Finest Hour" speech is delivered by Winston Churchill to the British House of Commons.
• [Audio of Speech (date given as June 16th)]
• [International Churchill Society]

1941 - World War II: Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany
• [German–Turkish Treaty of Friendship]
• [Knowledgia: Why was Turkey Neutral in WW2?]

1942 - World War II: Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st African American ensign in US Navy
• [The National WW II Museum]

1943 - World War II: SS Police in Amsterdam sentence for 12 resistance fighter to death (Jewish, communists, homosexuality) at the census bureau

1945 – World War II: William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [The Capture and Execution of William Joyce]
• [BBC Radio: The Story of Lord Haw Haw and his Trial (2015) ]

1946 – Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist, calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa.

1948 - National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time

1948 - American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
• [Wikipedia article]
• [ibrary 101: Library Bill of Rights]

The Library Bill of Rights

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
• [WIRED: June 21, 1948: Columbia's Microgroove LP Makes Albums Sound Good]
• [How a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records]

1948 – Britain, France and the United States announce that on June 21, the Deutsche Mark will be introduced in western Germany and West Berlin. Over the next six days, Communists increasingly restrict access to Berlin.

1953 – The Egyptian revolution of 1952 ends with the overthrow of the Muhammad Ali dynasty and the declaration of the Republic of Egypt.
• [Wikipedia article on the revolution]
• [Wikipedia: Muhammad Ali dynasty]
• [Newsreel: Egyptian Coup D'etat (1952)]

1953 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns near Tachikawa, Japan, killing 129.
• [The Tachikawa Air Disaster : Uncovering the Evanescent Memories] (English subtitles)
• [The Tachikawa Air Disaster : the American Breaved Families's Memories] (follow on video)
• [Wikipedia article]

1954 – The Cold War: Carlos Castillo Armas leads an invasion force across the Guatemalan border, setting in motion the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [1954 Guatemalan coup d'état]
• [The Cold War: Latin America post World War II, Guatemalan coup d'etat 1954]

1965 – Vietnam War: The United States uses B-52 bombers to attack guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.

1972 – Staines air disaster: One hundred eighteen people are killed when a BEA H.S. Trident crashes two minutes after takeoff from London's Heathrow Airport.
• [Documentary: British European Airways Flight 548 (BEA Flight 548)]
• [Wikipedia article]

1973 - Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visits the US and President Nixon
• [Richard Nixon Foundation: Summit II, 1973: Brezhnev Visits the United States]
• [WikipediaL Washington Summit (1973)]
• [Nixon Foundation Video]

1979 – SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
• [Wikipedia]
• [Jimmy Carter SALT II Treaty signing June 18 1979 archival footage]
• [SALT 2 Strategic Arms Negotiations]
• [Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: SALT II and the U.S. Senate]

1981 – The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology, makes its first flight.
• [2001: In-Depth look at the Elusive F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter]
• [History Channel Documentary]
• [Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk: The Futuristic Ghost Plane]

1982 – Italian banker Roberto Calvi's body is discovered hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London, England.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Roberto Calvi Gods Banker Life & Death]

1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
• [NASA Mission Page]
• [Wikipedia Mission Page]
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Post Flight Presentation]
• [Sally Ride: An Inspiration for a Generation]

1983 – Mona Mahmudnizhad, together with nine other women of the Baháʼí Faith, is sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran over her religious beliefs.
• [Wikipedia Bio]
• [Yahoo! News Article on Iranian Religiius Persection of the Baha’is]

1984 – A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984–85 UK miners' strike.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Orgreave]
• [2001 Documentary]
• [Yvette Vanson Documentary]

1987 - Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
• [Dartmouth Lecture: Charles Glass - The Horror of Syria|| What Happened, What Might Have Been Different]
• [Strafor Podcast: Conversation with Former Hostage Charles Glass]

1991 - Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, arrives in US

1991 - Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80

1994 – The Troubles: Members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) attack a crowded pub with assault rifles in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland. Six Catholic civilians are killed and five wounded. It was crowded with people watching the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
• [Wikipedia: Loughinisland massacre]

1996 - Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts
• [Wikipedia Bio]

1998 – Propair Flight 420 crashes near Montréal–Mirabel International Airport in Quebec, Canada, killing 11.

2006 – The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat-1 is launched.
• [Wikipedia article]
• [14th Annivesary Retrospective] (Russian language-select closed caption, then translate)

2007 – The Charleston Sofa Super Store fire happened in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine firefighters.
• [Fire Engineering: The Fires That Forged Us: Sofa Super Store Fire]
• [FIPT 107 Group Project: Charleston Sofa Super Store Incident]
• [Wikipedia article]
• [NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements] (Scroll down to stop auto-playing video)

2009 – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched.
• [NASA Mission Page]
• [Wikipedia Mission Page]
• [Arizona University LROC Mission Page]

2014 - King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates the Spanish throne to make way for his son Felipe VI
• [Wikipedia Bio: Juan Carlos I]
• [Wikipedia Bio: Felipe VI]

2015 - Pope Francis blames human selfishness for global warming in his encyclical, named "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home"
• [Text and Video from US Conference of Bishops]

2016 - Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days

2017 - Rare magnitude-four earthquake causes a tsunami to hit Nuugaatsiaq in northwestern Greenland
• [Gelogoly Page Collected Video]
• [ article]

2018 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes northern Osaka.
• [Wikipedia article]

2018 - President Trump orders US military to set up sixth branch of the military - a space force
• [Official Website: USSF History]
• [Wikipedia article]

2018 - Ferry sinks on Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, with 193 suspected dead

2019 - US President Donald Trump announces his campaign for reelection

2019 - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces the suspension of the pro-China and highly controversial extradition law, after massive protests in the city

2020 - US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay

2020 - Global COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known according to Johns Hopkins figures

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Published at 2:00am on Saturday, June 18, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top