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July 18 Birthdays

Nelson Mandela
Pronunciation: [nel´sun rOlEhlä´lä mändA´lä]
1918–2014, South African political leader.

Robert Hooke
physicist, mathematician, and inventor (1635)

William Thackeray
novelist (1811)

Jessamyn West
novelist (1902)

S. I. Hayakawa
scholar, former U.S. Senator (1906)

John Glenn
astronaut (1921)

Dick Button
figure skater (1929)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
poet (1933)

July 18 in History


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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