Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - August 18th

1972 - Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer

1969 - Edward Norton, American actor

1958 - Madeleine Stowe, American actress

1952 - Patrick Swayze, American actor

1936 - Robert Redford, American actor and director

1934 - Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player (d. 1972)

1929 - Hugues Aufray, French singer

1920 - Shelley Winters, American actress (d. 2006)

1902 - Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)

1830 - Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (d. 1916)

1692 - Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (d. 1740)

1450 - Marko Marulic, Croatian poet (d. 1524)

Died on this day - August 18th

1994 - Richard Laurence Millington Synge, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)

1949 - Paul Mares, American musician (b. 1900)

1809 - Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)

1645 - Eudoxia Streshneva, Tsarina of Mikhail I of Russia (b. 1608)

1563 - Etienne de La Boetie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)

1227 - Genghis Khan, Mongol leader

Events on this day - August 18th

1992 - Wang Laboratories files for bankruptcy.

1982 - Japanese election law is amended to allow for proportional representation.

1965 - Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins - United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.

1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1877 - Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.

1587 - Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Gov. John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.



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