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7/18/2021 7:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 18

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Today in History in 1768 “Liberty Song” was America’s first patriotic song published; in 1864 President Lincoln asked for 500,000 volunteers for military service; and in 1938 Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan arrived in Ireland – he left New York for California.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 64 - Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero
  • 1334 - The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.
  • 1768 - Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
  • 1863 - Battle of Fort Wagner, SC - Second assault US1500 CS174
  • 1864 - President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for milt service
  • 1925 - Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy "Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice")
  • 1927 - Ty Cobb's 4,000th career hit
  • 1936 - Spanish Civil War : General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leds uprising with army in Morocco
  • 1938 - Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland-left NY for Calif
  • 1940 - Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term
  • 1970 - Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits
  • 1984 - Walter F Mondale wins Democratic presidential nomination in SF
  • 1994 - Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons
  • 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 to become the largest US municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 Billion

Famous Birthdays

  • 1635 - Robert Hooke, Isle of Wight, Scientist (Micrographia)
  • 1670 - Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian (opera)composer
  • 1865 - Laurence Housman, England, author/playwright (Victoria Regina)
  • 1895 - George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1909 - Harriet Nelson, American singer/actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1913 - Red Skelton, [Richard], Vincennes Ind, comedian (Red Skelton Show)
  • 1918 - Nelson Mandela, Qunu South Africa, political prisoner (ANC)/President (1994-1999)/ Nobel (1993)
  • 1943 - Bobby Sherman, singer (Shindig, Here Comes Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1950 - Richard Branson, British music enterperneur (Virgin Atlantic), born in London, England
  • 1954 - Ricky Skaggs, Cordell Ky, country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts)
  • 1956 - Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia,
  • 1957 - Nick Faldo, Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire, English golfer (six-time Major Championship winner)
  • 1961 - Elizabeth McGovern, Evanston Ill, actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer)
  • 1964 - Wendy Williams, radio, TV host

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 - British naval officer Louis Mountbatten (22) weds Lord Mount Temple's daughter Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley (20) at St. Margaret's in Westminster, London
  • 1933 - Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)
  • 1938 - Physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen (30) weds Jane Maxwell
  • 1959 - Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)
  • 1976 - Country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin
  • 1992 - Film critic Roger Ebert marries Chaz Hammel-Smith
  • 1992 - Helen Windsor, daughter of British Duke and Duchess of Kent weds art dealer Timothy Taylor at Windsor Castle
  • 1992 - Singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry
  • 1994 - "The Cranberries" lead singer Dolores O'Riordan (22) weds Don Burton (32) in Ireland
  • 1998 - Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday
  • 1999 - Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - WWE wrestler John Cena (35) divorces Elizabeth Huberdeau (33) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 3 years of getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1792 - John Paul Jones, American naval commander (b. 1747)
  • 1817 - Jane Austen, English novelist, dies at 41
  • 1954 - George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59
  • 1966 - Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • 1969 - Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • 1997 - Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • 2001 - James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • 2001 - Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)

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