July 18 Events

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July 18th, 2064 (July 18 2064)EventGreat 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 18th, 1996 (July 18 1996)EventStorms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec s costliest natural disasters ever.
July 18th, 1995 (July 18 1995)EventOn 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.Roy Bean Quotes
July 18th, 1992 (July 18 1992)EventThe ten victims of the La Cantuta massacre disappeared from their university in Lima.
July 18th, 1986 (July 18 1986)EventA tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station s helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.
July 18th, 1984 (July 18 1984)EventMcDonald 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.Donald James Quotes
July 18th, 1984 (July 18 1984)EventBeverly Lynn Burns becomes first woman Boeing 747 airline captain in the world.
July 18th, 1982 (July 18 1982)Event268 campesinos ("peasants" or "country people") are slain in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in Rios Montt s Guatemala.
July 18th, 1972 (July 18 1972)EventStaines air disaster118 killed as plane crashes 2 minutes after take off from London Heathrow Airport
July 18th, 1969 (July 18 1969)EventAfter 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 18th, 1966 (July 18 1966)EventGemini 10 launched.
July 18th, 1965 (July 18 1965)EventZond 3 launched.
July 18th, 1944 (July 18 1944)EventWorld War II: Hideki Tojo resigns as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort.
July 18th, 1942 (July 18 1942)EventWorld War II: The Germans test fly the Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jets for the first time.
July 18th, 1925 (July 18 1925)EventAdolf Hitler publishes his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.Adolf Hitler Quotes
July 18th, 1914 (July 18 1914)EventThe 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 18th, 1870 (July 18 1870)EventThe First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility.
July 18th, 1863 (July 18 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Fort Wagner/Morris IslandThe first formal African American military unit, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, unsuccessfully assaults Confederate-held Battery Wagner but their valiant fighting still proves the worth of African American soldiers during the war.
July 18th, 1857 (July 18 1857)EventLouis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall s war on the French.
July 18th, 1656 (July 18 1656)EventPolish-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 18th, 1334 (July 18 1334)EventThe bishop of Florence blesses the first foundational stone laid for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.
July 18th, 0390 (July 18 0390)EventRoman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the AlliaA Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.

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