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This Day in History for June 18 – Battle of Waterloo and More

Napoleon's Escape
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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1812 – The War of 1812 begins when the US Congress declares war on the United Kingdom (More info)

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time (More info)

1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election (More info)

1981 – A disease cluster, which will later be known as AIDS, is recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California (More info)

1983 – Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space (More info)

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