What Happened on August 18

Significant 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 hardest day" Luftwaffe lose 69 aircraft, the RAF 68 in largest ever air battle
More Historical Events

August 18 in Film & TV

  • 1926 Weather map televised for 1st time

August 18 in Music

  • 1960 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg

August 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 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

Famous Divorces

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