On This Day

What Happened on August 18

Important Events

  • 1737 First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris
  • 1838 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica
  • 1914 US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"
  • 1919 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 22 year old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage after letter from his mother
  • 1940 Battle of Britain: The air battle known as "The Hardest Day" occurs; Luftwaffe lose approximately 69 aircraft and the RAF lose 68 in one of the largest ever air battles
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Aug 18 in Film & TV

  • 1926 Weather map televised for 1st time

Aug 18 in Sport

  • 2008 Belarus weightlifter Andrei Aramnau breaks 3 world records, for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total, on the way to winning the men's 105kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics

Did You Know?

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

On August 18, 1868

Would You Believe?

60-70ft sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts

On August 18, 1817

Famous Weddings

  • 1572 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries Margaret of Valois in Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, in attempt to make truce between Catholics and Protestants but prompts St. Bartholomew's Day massacre days later
  • 1782 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher (19) in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London
  • 1918 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

Famous Divorces

  • 1954 Oscar-winning actress Susan Hayward (37) divorces actor Jess Barker (42) after nine years of marriage

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