On This Day for 18th August

Historical Events

  • 1591 Governor of Roanoke Island colony returns from England to find everyone in the colony has disappeared [or Aug 17, 1590]
  • 1920 US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage
  • 1940 Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF 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 18th, 1868

Famous Weddings

  • 1572 King Navarra Henri de Bourbon marries Margaretha van Valois
  • 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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