What Happened on July 18?

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. – Michael Crichton

Be it your thoughts or your actions, everything is said to stem from your knowledge in history. It is the most critical part of your knowledge that shapes you to become a better and successful person.

On this day –

64 – Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero

1536 – Pope’s authority declared void in England

1743 – 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal)

1768 – Boston Gazette publishes “Liberty Song”, America’s 1st patriotic song

1918 – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, was born

1925 – Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy “Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice”)

1936 – Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leads an uprising in the Spanish army stationed in Morocco

1940 – Democratic Convention nominates Franklin D. Roosevelt for a 3rd term

1947 – King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

1959 – William ‘Bill’ Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)

1959 – “The Nun’s Story” based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

1968 – The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California

1972 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aides

1976 – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games

1980 – Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” album tops US charts, featuring “Its Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me”

1994 – “Kiss From a Rose” released by Seal (Grammy Record and Song of the Year)

1995 – “Dreams from My Father”, a memoir by Barack Obama is published by Times Books

2012 – Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army

2013 – Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion

2018 – New Earth geological age announced, the Meghalayan Age 4,200 years ago to the present, by the International Commission on Stratigraphy

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