What Happened on the day you were born on This day in History
For Those With Birthdays or looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1922, 1925, 1936, 1948, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,
1976 Canada Nadia Comaneci Perfect 10
18th July 1976 : The first perfect 10 ever recorded in Olympic gymnastics was achieved up by Romania's 4-foot-11, 88-pound Nadia Comaneci on the women's uneven parallel bars.
1922 U.S.A. Mineworkers Strike
Jul. 18th 1922 : President Harding has put in place plans to break the stranglehold of the mineworkers strike which is now effecting power stations and electricity across the country. Mines will begin operating with strikebreakers protected by federal troops .
1925 Germany Mein Kampf
Jul. 18th 1925 : Nazi leader Adolf Hitler publishes the first volume of his personal manifesto, Mein Kampf which was a bitter and turgid narrative filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, disdain for morality, worship of power, and the blueprints for his plan of Nazi world domination.
1936 Spain Spanish Civil War
Jul. 18th 1936 : The Spanish Civil War starts as a revolt by right wing Spanish military officers in Morocco which spreads to mainland Spain. From the Canary Islands, General Francisco Franco broadcasts a message calling for all army officers to join the uprising and overthrow Spain's leftist Republican government.
1948 France Juan Manuel Fangio
18th July 1948 : Possibly one of the greatest racing drivers ( Juan Manuel Fangio ) from Argentina started his career making his Formula One debut finishing 12th at the Grand Prix de l'ACF in France. He went on to win five Formula One titles.
1969 U.S.A. Chappaquiddick
Jul. 18th 1969 : A car driven by Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy plunged off a narrow wooden bridge into a tidal pond after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island , Kennedy escaped the submerged car but his passenger a pretty blonde secretary ( Mary Jo Kopechne )who was riding with him drowned in the accident. Kennedy was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
1981 Ireland Hunger Strike Protest
Jul. 18th 1981 : 10,000 take part in a march through Dublin in support of republican hunger strikers in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland. The march was marred when protesters protest outside the British Embassy and begin fighting with police protecting the embassy who then charged protesters leaving more than 200 needing hospital treatment.
1984 U.S.A. McDonalds Murders
Jul. 18th 1984 : 21 people were shot dead and 19 injured in a San Ysidro, California McDonald's by James Oliver Huberty who had told his wife as he was leaving with 3 guns ( A 9mm Uzi semi-automatic ), ( Winchester pump-action twelve-gauge shotgun ) ,( a 9mm Browning HP ) that he was "hunting humans". The killings only ended when he was fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper.
1984 England Dockers Strike
18th July 1984 : With the dockers strike now in it's 10th day Truckers stuck on both sides of the English channel are blockading the passenger ferry ports in protest at the strike. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is expected to declare a nationwide state of emergency later this week if the dock workers and miners strike do not end and bring in troops to keep the country running.
1998 Papua New Guinea Tidal Wave
Jul. 18th 1998 : A tidal wave of 23ft runs along the coast of Papua New Guinea wiping out Low lying fishing villages that were completely washed away and killing over 3,000 people
2003 U.S.A. Kobe Bryant
Jul. 18th 1998 : Basketball star Kobe Bryant is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel employee at a hotel in Edwards, Colorado. (Charge dropped because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.)
2005 U.S.A. Eric Robert Rudolph Sentenced
Jul. 18th 2005 : Eric Rudolph (Olympic Park Bomber) is sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse. ( He was arrested in May 1954
Eric Robert Rudolph was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list from 5th May 1998
to 31st May 2003 for a series of bombings including:
Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July27th
, 1996 ( 1996 Summer Olympics ) which killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others.
Abortion clinic bombing in Sandy Springs, Atlanta on January 16, 1997
The Otherside Lounge ( Gay and Lesbian Nightclub ) in Atlanta on February21st
, 1997, injuring five.
Abortion clinic Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on January 29th
, 1998, killing officer Robert Sanderson and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons.
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2006 Iraq Japan Withdraws Troops
18th July 2006 : This day marks the final withdraw of Japanese troops from Iraq. The Japanese troops could only contribute on humanitarian and reconstruction fronts during their stay in Iraq because of their constitution, which disallows the use of force in international disputes. Some Japanese believed that their involvement in the Iraq war violated their constitution, which was created by the United States in 1947
after World War II.
2007 Brazil Plane Crash Sao Paulo
Jul. 18th 2007 : A plane crashed in Sao Paulo, Brazil on this day, killing up to 200 people. None of the 186 passengers on the plane survived as the plane crashed after losing control on the wet runway, hitting a fuel depot, exploding on impact.
2008 Nepal No President Elected
Jul. 18th 2008 : After deliberation, Nepal’s assembly was unable to elect a president on
this day. This particular election was important because it came only months after the
country abolished its monarchy. The lack of consensus also caused further delay within
the assembly itself, because they need a president there to swear in a new prime minister.
2009 Space Space Shuttle Endeavour Docks With Space Station
Jul. 18th 2009 : The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour reached the International Space Station on this day. The addition of Endeavour’s crew to the orbit made that the greatest number of astronauts ever together in orbit, at a total of thirteen.
2012 Hungary Laszlo Csatary, Nazi War Crimes Suspect, Detained
18th July, 2012 : Laszlo Csatary, a ninety-seven year old suspected Nazi war criminal was detained and put under house arrest in Budapest. Csatary was a Hungarian police officer who the Simon Wiesenthal Center believed took part in the deportation of 15,700 Jews from the city of Kosice to the Auschwitz death camp.
2013 South Africa Mandela Spends Birthday in Hospital
18th July, 2013 : Nelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in the hospital as he was being treated for a lung infection. The former South African leader and national hero was to be celebrated throughout the country in honor of his birthday.