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There are many reasons to celebrate June!  June 18 is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 196 days remaining until the end of the year.  Follow our list below for some great reasons to celebrate this day.
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Food Holidays for this date:

  • National Cherry Tart Day (June 18)
A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart. Examples of tarts include jam tarts, which may be different colours depending on the flavour of the jam used to fill them, and the Bakewell tart.

The categories of 'tart', 'flan', and 'pie' overlap, with no sharp distinctions, though 'pie' is the more common term in the United States. The French word tarte can be translated to mean either pie or tart, as both are mainly the same with the exception of a pie usually covering the filling in pastry, while flans and tarts leave it open. The Italian crostata, dating to at least the mid-1400s, has been described as a "rustic free-form version of an open fruit tart".

  • Early medieval tarts generally had meat fillings, but later ones were often based on fruit and custard.
  • Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart, of apples, other fruit, or onions.
  • Savoury tarts include quiche, a family of savoury tarts with a mostly custard filling; German Zwiebelkuchen 'onion tart', and Swiss cheese tart made from Gruyere.
  • It's traditional to bake a cherry tart on this day.
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Holidays Around the World for this date:
 
  •   Autistic Pride Day (International)
Autistic Pride Day, an Aspies for Freedom initiative, is a celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum on June 18 each year. Autistic pride recognises the innate potential in all people, including those on the autism spectrum.

  •    Evacuation Day (Egypt)
Celebrates the final withdrawal of all British forces from Egypt on this date in 1956.

  •    Foundation Day (Benguet)
This special non-working holiday applies to the province of Benguet only.

  •    National Day (Seychelles)
(National Day: the return of a multiparty democracy to the Seychelles in 1993)
Note: The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal, etc.). Often the day is not called "National Day" but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday. See National Day

  •    Waterloo Day (United Kingdom)
Waterloo Day is 18 June, the date of the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815. It is remembered and celebrated each year by certain regiments of the British Army, in the same way that the Royal Navy celebrates Trafalgar Day (21 October).​
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Weird Wild & Wacky Holidays
  •  (June 18)

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Happy Birthday!  Is it your Birthday Today?  See who shares your birthday.

  • Lou Brock, Eddie Cibrian, David Giuntoli, Paul McCartney, Richard Powers, John D. Rockefeller IV, Isabella Rossellini, Blake Shelton
  • 1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, and The Fireman)
  • 1942 – Carl Radle, American musician and producer (Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos) (d. 1980)
  • 1942 – Nick Tate, Australian actor
  • 1942 – Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1943 – Raffaella Carrà, Italian singer, dancer, and actress
  • 1944 – Sandy Posey, American singer
  • 1946 – Russell Ash, British author
  • 1946 – Bruiser Brody, American wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1946 – Fabio Capello, Italian footballer and manager
  • 1947 – Ivonne Coll, Puerto Rican actress
  • 1947 – Bernard Giraudeau, French film director (d. 2010)
  • 1947 – Linda Thorson, Canadian actress
  • 1948 – Eliezer Halfin, Israeli wrestler (d. 1972)
  • 1948 – Éva Marton, Hungarian soprano
  • 1949 – Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
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Christian Feast Day:

  •   Elizabeth of Schönau
  •   Leontius, Hypatius and Theodulus
  •   June 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
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Events On This Day

  • 618 – Li Yuan becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China.
  • 1053 – Battle of Civitate: 3,000 horsemen of Norman Count Humphrey rout the troops of Pope Leo IX.
  • 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.
  • 1264 – The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.
  • 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.
  • 1633 – Charles I, is crowned King of Scots at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
  • 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.
  • 1767 – Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1799 – Action of 18 June 1799: a frigate squadron under Rear-admiral Perrée is captured by the British fleet under Lord Keith
  • 1812 – War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1830 – French invasion of Algeria.

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External links
BBC: On This Day - June 18
The New York Times: On This Day - June 18
On This Day in Canada - June 18

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