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    • July 18, 0064 Great fire of Rome: A fire begins to burn in the merchant area of Rome and soon burns completely out of control while Emperor Nero reportedly plays his lyre and sings while watching the blaze from a safe distance.

    • July 18, 0390 "BC - Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia - A Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome."

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    • July 18, 1100 Jerusalem's Godfrey of Bouillon dies at age 39 after successful forays against the Seljuk Turks that have taken him as far as Damascus


    • July 18, 1195 "Battle of Alarcos, great victory of Almohad ruler Abu Yusuf Ya'qub al-Mansur over the Castilian King Alfonso VIII."

    • July 18, 1536 Pope's authority declared void in England

    • July 18, 1536 The authority of the Pope is declared void in England.

    • July 18, 1656 Polish-Lithuanian forces clashes with Sweden and its Brandenburg allies in the start of what is to be known as The Battle of Warsaw which ends in a decisive Swedish victory.

    • July 18, 1753 "Lemuel Haynes, escapes from slaveholder in Framingham Mass"

    • July 18, 1779 Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War.

    • July 18, 1792 "John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France"

    • July 18, 1813 "U.S. Frigate President captures British Daphne, Eliza Swan, Alert and Lion."

    • July 18, 1814 British capture Prairie du Chien (Wisc)

    • July 18, 1830 Uruguay adopts its first constitution.

    • July 18, 1853 "The first train to cross the US-Canada boundary, Portland, Me.- Montréal, PQ"

    • July 18, 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."

    • July 18, 1861 American Civil War: Skirmish at Blackburn's Ford prior to First Battle of Bull Run(1st Battle of Manassas).

    • July 18, 1872 Britain introduces secret ballot voting

    • July 18, 1872 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland introduces voting by secret ballot.

    • July 18, 1873 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.

    • July 18, 1914 "The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, this gives definite status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time."

    • July 18, 1914 "US army air service first comes into being, in the Signal Corps"

    • July 18, 1918 US & French forces launch Aisne-Marne offensive in WW I

    • July 18, 1920 Naval aircraft sink ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice.

    • July 18, 1925 Adolf Hitler publishes his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.

    • July 18, 1925 First edition of Mein Kampf is published.

    • July 18, 1931 The first air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched

    • July 18, 1932 US & Canada signed a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway

    • July 18, 1936 "Spanish Civil War: The rebellion reaches peninsular Spain and conquers Galicia, west Castile, west Andalucia and Aragon."

    • July 18, 1938 "Douglas ""Wrong Way"" Corrigan arrives in Ireland-left NY for Calif"

    • July 18, 1940 "Democratic National Convention, Chicago: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is nominated for an unprecedented third term in office."

    • July 18, 1940 "The first successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Ct"

    • July 18, 1942 "Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe, first jet fighter, takes first flight"

    • July 18, 1942 The first legal NJ horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens

    • July 18, 1943 "German submarine shoots down K-47, the first and only U.S. airship lost during WW II."

    • July 18, 1944 World War II: Hideki Tojo resigns as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort.

    • July 18, 1947 US receives UN trusteeship over Pacific Islands

    • July 18, 1951 Jersey Joe Walcott KOs Ezzard Charles in 5 for heavyweight belt

    • July 18, 1951 Uruguay accepts its constitution

    • July 18, 1953 Rock star Elvis Presley made his first recording in Sun Studios.

    • July 18, 1955 The first electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially

    • July 18, 1959 The first black to win a major golf tournament (William Wright)

    • July 18, 1963 Number one hit on UK music charts - Frank Ifield - Confessin'

    • July 18, 1964 Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bkln)

    • July 18, 1965 "Zond 3 launched to fly by Moon, enters solar orbit"

    • July 18, 1966 "Bobby Fuller rocker (I Fought the Law), found dead"

    • July 18, 1966 "Launch of Gemini 10 with LCDR John W. Young, USN as Command Pilot. Mission involved 43 orbits at an altitude of 412.2 nautical miles and lasted 2 days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)."

    • July 18, 1967 Silver hits record $1.87 an ounce in NY

    • July 18, 1968 Intel incorporates

    • July 18, 1968 "Vietnam War: The two-day Honolulu Conference begins in Honolulu, Hawaii between US President Lyndon B. Johnson and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu."

    • July 18, 1969 "After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies."

    • July 18, 1969 "Barbara Pepper actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57"

    • July 18, 1969 "Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL"

    • July 18, 1969 Mary Jo Kopechne & Sen Kennedy plunge off Chappaquiddick bridge

    • July 18, 1970 Arthur Brown arrested for stripping on stage in Palemo Sicily

    • July 18, 1970 Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time

    • July 18, 1970 "Willie Mays hits # 3,000"

    • July 18, 1972 "200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns"

    • July 18, 1973 "British actor Jack Hawkins actor, dies at 62"

    • July 18, 1974 "World's tallest structure, 646-m Polish radio mast, completed"

    • July 18, 1976 "Gymnast Nadia Comaneci, age 14, scores first ever perfect 10 at the Olympics."

    • July 18, 1976 "Thiokol conducts 2-min firing of space shuttle's SRB at Brigham, Ut"

    • July 18, 1977 Vietnam joins the United Nations.

    • July 18, 1978 Egyptian & Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks

    • July 18, 1979 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London

    • July 18, 1980 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

    • July 18, 1980 "Rohini 1, first Indian satellite, launches into orbit"

    • July 18, 1982 "268 campesinos (""peasants"" or ""country people"") are slain in the Plan de Snchez massacre in Ros Montt's Guatemala."

    • July 18, 1984 James Huberty kills 21 McDonalds patrons in San Ysidro Calif

    • July 18, 1984 James Oliver Huberty shot by police after killing 21 in McDonalds

    • July 18, 1984 "McDonald's massacre in San Ysidro, California: In a fast-food restaurant, James Oliver Huberty opens fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police."

    • July 18, 1984 Walter F Mondale wins Democratic presidential nomination in SF

    • July 18, 1986 A tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station's helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.

    • July 18, 1986 Videotapes released showing Titanic's sunken remains

    • July 18, 1987 Molly Yard elected new pres of Natl Org for Women

    • July 18, 1987 Yanks Don Mattingly ties major league record of HRs in 8 cons games

    • July 18, 1989 "Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is shot by a crazed fan, prompting California to pass America's first anti-stalking law in 1990."

    • July 18, 1992 The ten victims of the La Cantuta massacre disappeared from their university in Lima.

    • July 18, 1995 "On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee."

    • July 18, 1996 "In an event very similar to the Oklahoma tornado that would occur three years later, an F5 tornado hit the town of Oakfield, Wisconsin."

    • July 18, 1996 "Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Qubec's costliest natural disasters ever."

    • July 18, 1997 8000 low-caste Indians riot in Mumbai (Bombay) following a funeral for 10 children who had been killed by police.

    • July 18, 1998 "A 23-foot tidal wave kills nearly 3,000 people in Papua New Guinea."

    • July 18, 2001 "In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derails in a tunnel, sparking a fire that lasted for days and virtually brought downtown Baltimore to a standstill."







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