What Happened on August 18

Significant Events

  • 1920 US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage, when Tennessee votes to ratify
  • 1940 Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day" Luftwaffe lose 69 aircraft, the RAF 68 in largest ever air battle
  • 1960 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
  • 1960 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
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Did You Know?

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

On August 18, 1868

Famous Weddings

  • 1572 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries his cousin Margaret of Valois in Paris
  • 1782 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher, 5 years his junior, in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London.
  • 1918 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)
  • 1932 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)
  • 1979 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter
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