Today in History: June 18th


Some of the historical events that took place on June 18th, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 Internet retailer Amazon, Inc. releases its own ‘Fire’ smart phone; the phone will allow users to connect directly to to shop for items they scan or identify in video and audio clips on the device

2014 Last year’s World Cup victor Spain is defeated by Chile in the tournament today, eliminating the champion team’s chances for a second title

2013 The biggest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner plane, the 787-10, debuts at the Paris Air show; over 100 orders, worth over $30 billion, are placed

2013 New data reveals that over 280 previously unknown craters exist on the Moon

2012 Sequoia, IMB’s Blue Gene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy becomes the world’s fastest supercomputer

2012 Following the death of Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz becomes Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent

2011 Oil prices hit $93 per barrel, a four-month low

2011 The NOAA declares 2011 one of the most extreme weather years on record

2010 Roza Otunbayeva, interim leader of Kyrgyzstan, estimates the death toll from the country’s worst ethnic battle in decades could be as many as 2,000 people