What Happened on July 18

Significant 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 leds uprising with army 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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July 18 in Film & TV

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

July 18 in Music

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

July 18 in Sport

  • 1976 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at 1976 Summer Olympics

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
  • 1959 Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)
  • 1976 Country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin

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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