July 18


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.


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


The Spanish Civil War began.


President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.


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.


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

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