18 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Rudolf II, 1552
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811
  • W.G. Grace, 1848
  • Laurence Housman, 1865
  • Gene Lockhart, 1891
  • Richard Dix, 1894
  • Chill Wills, 1903
  • Clifford Odets, 1906
  • S.I. Hayakawa, 1906
  • Andrei Gromyko, 1909
  • Harriet Nelson, 1909
  • Hume Cronyn, 1911
  • Red Skelton, 1913
  • Nelson Mandela, 1918
  • John Glenn, 1921
  • Kurt Masur, 1927
  • Dick Button, 1929
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1933
  • Hunter S. Thompson, 1937
  • Hunter Thompson, 1939
  • James Brolin, 1941
  • Martha Reeves, 1941
  • Steve Forbes, 1947
  • Richard Branson, 1950
  • Ricky Skaggs, 1954
  • Nick Faldo, 1957
  • Elizabeth McGovern, 1961
  • Vin Diesel, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • Petrarch, 1374
  • Caravaggio, 1610
  • John Paul Jones, 1792
  • Jane Austen, 1817
  • Benito Juarez, 1872
  • Thomas Cook, 1892
  • Horatio Alger, 1899
  • Queen Marie Rumania, 1938
  • Dr. Karl Menninger, 1990
  • Jean Negulesco, 1993
  • General William Westmoreland, 2005

Today's Events:

  • AD 64 - Two-thirds of Rome burned as, it was said, Nero fiddled.
  • 1855 - First postage stamp issued in New Zealand.
  • 1877 - Thomas A. Edison discovers principle of recorded sound shouting 'Halloo!' into a strip phonograph.
  • 1925 - Mein Kampf part one published in Germany; Hitler dictated book to Rudolf Hess in prison.
  • 1947 - British sailors storm refugee ship Exodus 1947 killing 3 and injuring hundreds, stopping their emigration to Palestine and sending them to a former German Concentration Camp.
  • 1951 - Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 7 rounds at Philly for heavyweight boxing championship.
  • 1955 - First electric power generated from atomic energy sold by Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1964 - Blacks riot in New York City, violence spreads across country.
  • 1968 - Intel incorporated by Robert Noyce, Andy Grove and Gordon Moore.
  • 1969 - Sen. Edward Kennedy drives car off Chappaquiddick bridge in Eastern Massachusetts killing teacher/political campaigner Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • 1976 - Nadia Comaneci, 14, becomes first Olympic gymnast in history to score a perfect ten in the team event at the Montreal 1976 games.
  • 1977 - Vietnam admitted to UN.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Symphorosa and her seven sons

Holiday:

  • National Day in Spain (1936)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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