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    World Map / This Day in History / What Happend on July 18

    What Happend on July 18




    YearEvent
    1789Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.
    1812Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
    1830Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.
    1861Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.
    1877Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.
    1872The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
    1935Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.
    1936General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.
    1942The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.
    1971New Zealand and Austrailia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.
    1994In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.

    Born on July 18

    1811William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist and satirist.
    1887Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian politician and Nazi collaborator during World War II.
    1902Jessamyn West, American author (The Friendly Persuasion).
    1906Clifford Odets, playwright (Waiting for Lefty).
    1913"Red" Skelton, American comedian and actor.
    1918Nelson Mandela, civil rights activist, first black president of South Africa.
    1921John Glenn, Jr., American pilot, astronaut and politician.
    1929Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, American blues singer.
    1933Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet.
    1939Hunter S. Thompson, journalist.