Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - July 18th

1978 - Ben Sheets, baseball player

1963 - Mike Greenwell, baseball player

1950 - Sir Richard Branson, British entrepreneur

1941 - Martha Reeves, American singer

1935 - Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader

1927 - Kurt Masur, Silesian-born conductor

1918 - Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

1906 - S. I. Hayakawa, American semanticist and politician (d. 1992)

1894 - Isaac Babel, Ukrainian writer (d. 1940)

1853 - Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1811 - William Makepeace Thackeray, English author (d. 1863)

1635 - Robert Hooke, English scientist (d. 1703)

1013 - Hermannus Contractus, learned monk (d. 1054)

Died on this day - July 18th

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, (b. 1864)

2001 - Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)

1968 - Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)

1944 - Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet, author and artist (b. 1870)

1872 - Benito Juarez, President of Mexico (b. 1806)

1721 - Antoine Watteau, French painter (b. 1684)

1623 - Pope Gregory XV (b. 1554)

1100 - Godfrey of Bouillon, French crusader

Events on this day - July 18th

1998 - A 23-foot tidal wave kills nearly 3,000 people in Papua New Guinea.

1994 - In Buenos Aires, an explosion destroys a building housing several Jewish organizations killing 85 and injuring many more.

1986 - A tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station's helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.

1969 - Apollo 11 makes preparations for landing on the Moon.

1947 - President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act into law which places the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the United States Vice President.

1914 - The United States Army's Signal Corps is formed, giving definite status to its air service for the first time.

1857 - Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall's war on the French.



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