On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
An allegedly inebriated Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. His passenger, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, dies.
Future president Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father is published, telling the story of his mixed ethnic heritage and journey to adulthood.
Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler publishes his personal and political manifesto, Mein Kampf, German for "My Struggle."
The Spanish Civil War begins when General Francisco Franco launches an uprising against Spain's republic.
President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act, allowing the house speaker to become next in line to the presidency after the vice president.
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci breaks the world record when she scores the most perfect 10s at an Olympic games.
Born on This Day
Civil Rights Activist, World Leader, Writer / 1918 - 2013
Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Born: July 18, 1918
Birthplace: Mveso, Transkei, South Africa
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, World Leader, ...
1950 | 63 years old
1947 | 66 years old
Business Leader, Editor
Born: July 18, 1937
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Occupation: Activist, Journalist, Author
1921 | 92 years old
Astronaut, Military Leader, Pilot, ...
1967 | 46 years old
Died on This Day
Died: July 18, 1817
Age: 41 years old
Place: Winchester, Hampshire, England , United Kingdom
1792 | 45 years old
1899 | 67 years old
Died: July 18, 1610
Age: 39 years old
Place: Port'Ercole , Italy
1872 | 66 years old
2005 | 91 years old
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