Black Sabbath is topping the U.K. albums charts for the first time since 1970.

Right -- 43 years. No, no one had any idea Ozzy would live this long.

The heavy metal pioneers have set a record for the longest time period between Number One albums. The band's new record "13" entered the Official U.K. Albums Chart in the top spot, 42 years and eight months after their album "Paranoid" reached the top of the charts in 1970, according to Rolling Stone.

Sabbath has surpassed Bob Dylan's 38-year gap between the his No. 1 releases "New Morning" in 1970 and "Together Through Life" in 2009, and Rod Stewart's 37 years between "A Night on the Town" in 1976 and current album "Time."

"It's great! But Rod's the same as us, we've got something other people haven't got," Ozzy Osbourne told NME. "It's all manufactured bull (pucky) these days. But the likes of Rod, and Elton John and us have got something different. We know our craft."

I don't think anything was calling it a "craft" in 1970.

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JUNE 18 IN HISTORY

Tuesday is June 18, the 169th day of 2013. There are 196 days left in the year.

1778: American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War.

1812: The War of 1812 began as the United States Congress approved, and President James Madison signed, a declaration of war against Britain.

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.

1873: Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was found guilty by a judge in Canandaigua, N.Y., of breaking the law by casting a vote in the 1872 presidential election. (The judge fined Anthony $100, but she never paid the penalty.)

1908: William Howard Taft was nominated for president by the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

1912: The Republican National Convention, which would nominate President William Howard Taft for another term of office, opened in Chicago.

1940: During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour."

1945: William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was charged in London with high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. (He was hanged in January 1946.)

1953: A U.S. Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II crashed near Tokyo, killing all 129 people on board. Egypt's 148-year-old Muhammad Ali Dynasty came to an end with the overthrow of the monarchy and the proclamation of a republic.

1972: A Brussels-bound British European Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C crashed shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport, killing 118 people.

1979: President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.

1983: Astronaut Sally K. Ride, 32, became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues (commander Robert L. Crippen, pilot Frederick H. Hauck and Ride's fellow mission specialists John M. Fabian and Norman E. Thagard) blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on a six-day mission.

1992: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Georgia v. McCollum, ruled that criminal defendants could not use race as a basis for excluding potential jurors from their trials. Entertainer Peter Allen died in San Diego County, Calif., at age 48.

2003: Convicted rapist Andrew Luster, heir to the Max Factor fortune, was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after five months on the run. (Luster had been found guilty in absentia of drugging and raping three women and was sentenced to 124 years in prison; in 2013, a judge resentenced him to 50 years.) Baseball Hall-of-Famer Larry Doby, who broke the American League's color barrier in 1947, died in Montclair, N.J., at age 79.

2008: With gasoline topping $4 a gallon, President George W. Bush urged Congress to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needed to increase its energy production; Democrats quickly rejected the idea.

2012: In a scene captured on cellphone video, Karen Klein, a school bus monitor from Rochester, N.Y., was verbally abused by seventh-graders, prompting outrage as well as donations to the 68-year-old grandmother. Former baseball star Roger Clemens was acquitted in Washington, D.C., on all charges that he'd obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. R.A. Dickey became the first major league pitcher in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters in the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. (The previous pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters was Dave Stieb for Toronto in September 1988.)

BIRTHDAYS

Musician Sir Paul McCartney (71), actress Isabella Rossellini (61), actress Carol Kane (61), rock musician Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) (50), rhythm-and-blues singer Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) (42), country singer Blake Shelton (37), actor David Giuntoli (33), actress Willa Holland (22).

Associated Press