On This Day

On This Day in History for August 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 1983 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1984 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
  • 1985 Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)
  • 1986 Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness
  • 1986 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia PA on WYSP 94.1 FM
  • 1986 WYSP-FM Philadelphia begins simulcasting Howard Stern Show
  • 1987 Ohio health care worker Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life for poisoning 24 patients
  • 1987 Philip Rush of NZ, set record for triple crossing English Channel his time 28:21, 10 hours faster than 1st man to do it
  • 1987 Straatsburg: Manuela Stellmach, Astrid Strauss, Anke Mohring and Heike Friedrich swims female world record 4x200m freestyle (7:55.47)
  • 1988 FDA approves Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment
  • 1988 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million
  • 1988 Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
  • 1989 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • 1989 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.

  • 1989 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • 1991 Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind
  • 1991 Pan American games close in Havana
  • 1993 Historical Kapelbrug in Luzern Switzerland, destroyed by fire
  • 1994 5.6 earthquake in Algeria, kills 171
  • 1994 15th Commonwealth Games open in Victoria, Canada
  • 1995 Cards reliever Tom Henke earns his 300th career save
  • 1996 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC
  • 2000 A Federal jury finds the US Environmental Protection Agency guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
  • 2005 Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • 2005 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • 2008 President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition.
  • 2011 The "West Memphis Three" are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment
  • 2012 Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen
  • 2012 NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
  • 2013 6 people are killed by a bomb blast on a bus in West Bengal, India

Sinking ShipSinking of the USS Indianapolis

2017 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes

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A scene from the 2016 movie
A scene from the 2016 movie "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage"
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Archaeologists confirm first-ever cheese found from Ancient Egypt 3,200 years old in tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis
  • 2019 1.7 million take part in pro-democracy protest peacefully in Hong Kong, a quarter of the population
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump confirms he is interested in buying Greenland for the US
  • 2019 Iceland holds a funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change at site of Okjökull glacier

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2020 Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave
  • 2020 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council

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