18 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Antonio Salieri, 1750
  • Meriwether Lewis, 1774
  • Emperor Franz Joseph I, Emperor Austria, 1830
  • Marshall Field, 1834
  • Caspar Weinberger, 1917
  • Shelley Winters, 1920
  • Brian Aldiss, 1925
  • Rosalynn Carter, 1927
  • Roman Polanski, 1933
  • Rafer Johnson, 1935
  • Robert Redford, 1937
  • Willie Rushton, 1937
  • Martin Mull, 1943
  • Elayne Boosler, 1952
  • Patrick Swayze, 1952
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
  • Christian Slater, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • Genghis Khan, 1227
  • Pope Adrian V poisoned, 1276
  • Pope Alexander VI accidentally poisoned, 1503
  • Pope Paul IV, 1559
  • Francis I Holy Roman Emperor, 1765
  • Honoré de Balzac, 1850
  • William Henry Hudson, 1922
  • Walter Percy Chrysler, 1940
  • Robert Russell Bennett, 1981
  • Anita Loos, 1981
  • Sir Frederick Ashton, 1988
  • Elmer Bernstein, 2004
  • Bruce Forsyth, 2017
  • Kofi Annan, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1277 - During campaign against Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia, Mongol leader Genghis Khan dies in camp.
  • 1587 - Virginia Dare becomes first child of English parents born in America. (Roanoke, NC)
  • 1840 - First 'class photograph' taken by Samuel F.B. Morse of Yale College 30th reunion.
  • 1840 - American Society of Dental Surgeons organized in New York City.
  • 1872 - First Montgomery Ward mail order catalogue issued.
  • 1873 - Mount Whitney scaled for the first time by climbers Lucas, Begole and Johnson.
  • 1906 - Earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile kills 5,000; whole city devastated; six other towns destroyed.
  • 1958 - Vladamir Nabokov's controversial novel
  • 1960 - First oral contraceptive, 'Enovid 10' put on sale by Searle Drug Company.
  • 1962 - Ringo Starr joins Beatles; debut at Cavern Club, Liverpool. (Some say Horticultural Society dance)
  • 1963 - James Meredith becomes first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1967 - Luxury liner Queen Mary sold to Southern California town of Long Beach.
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley's funeral; 75,000 gather outside Graceland to pay respects.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Helen
  • Florus and Laurus

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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