On This Day

What Happened on July 18

Important Events

  • 64 Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero
  • 1925 Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy "Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice")
  • 1936 Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leads an uprising in the Spanish army stationed in Morocco
  • 2012 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army
  • 2013 Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion
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Jul 18 in Film & TV

  • 1959 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

Jul 18 in Music

  • 1980 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

Jul 18 in Sport

  • 1976 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games

Did You Know?

1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal)

On July 18, 1743

Would You Believe?

Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland after a 28 hours flight, supposedly left NY flying for California

On July 18, 1938

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 British naval officer Louis Mountbatten (22) weds Lord Mount Temple's daughter Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley (20) at St. Margaret's in Westminster, London
  • 1933 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)
  • 1938 Physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen (30) weds Jane Maxwell

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 WWE wrestler John Cena (35) divorces Elizabeth Huberdeau (33) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 3 years of getting married

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