July 18

64

A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.

1925

The first volume of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was published.

1936

The Spanish Civil War began.

1947

President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.

1976

14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score, a ten, at the Olympics and went on to score six more tens and win three gold medals.

1999

New York Yankee David Cone pitched the 16th perfect game in baseball history.

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