Today in History – August 18

1227 – The Mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan died.

1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished.

1735 – The “Evening Post” of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.

1840 – The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.

1846 – Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.

1894 – The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.

1914 – The “Proclamation of Neutrality” was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.

1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace was made into a national shrine.

1919 – The “Anti-Cigarette League of America” was formed in Chicago IL.

1920 – Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.

1937 – The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.

1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.

1940 – Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita” was published.

1963 – James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat.

1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.

1980 – George Brett (Kansas City Royal) had his batting average reach the .400 mark.

1981 – Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. The all-American was insured for one million dollars.

1982 – The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.

1982 – The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.

1987 – Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL).

1990 – The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.

1991 – An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.

1992 – Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.

1997 – Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history.

1997 – Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Mrs. Field’s Original Cookies announced that they would acquire the Great American Cookie Co.

2004 – Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

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