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1973Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record

1934Bradman scores 244 in 5th Test Cricket, 316 mins, 32 fours 1 six

1958Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1981Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

1934Ponsford & Bradman make 451 partnership in 316 minutes v Eng

1980KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400

1914US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"

1909Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

1698Russian Tsar Peter the Great arrives in Zaandam

1969Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

1982Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance

1958Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

1956Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1

1963Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament

1931Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

192337th US Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-2 6-1)

1938FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada

1968Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic

1965Hank Aaron loses a HR, because he hit it out of batter's box

1862General Lee's adjutant major Stuart captured

August 18th Historical Events
Date Event
293
The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. 
BC
AD
1201
The city of Riga is founded. 
1289
Pope Nicolas IV publishes degree "Supra montem" 
1541
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the ancient Japanese province of Higo (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture). (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1541) 
1564
Spanish king Philip II joins Council of Trente 
1587
Saul Wahl is elected King of Poland, according to legend. 
1591
Governor of Roanoke Island colony returns from England to find everyone in the colony had disappeared [or Aug 17, 1590] 
1605
Spanish army under of general Spinola conquerors Lingen 
1634
Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France. 
1636
The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed. 
1674
Jean Racine's "Iphigénie" premieres in Versailles 
1686
Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus 
1698
Russian Tsar Peter the Great arrives in Zaandam 
1700
Swedish, English & Dutch army lands on Seeland, Denmark 
1735
Evening Post begins publishing (Boston Mass) 
1759
-19] 2nd sea battle of Lagos: England vs France 
1769
Gunpowder in church in Brescia, Italy, explodes, killing 3,000 
1795
Curacao governor De Veer sends miltia to stop rebellious slaves 
1817
Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore 
1834
Mt Vesuvius erupts 
1835
Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago 
1838
1st US marine expedition 
1840
Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY) 
1840
French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand 
1846
Gen Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe NM 
1848
Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas. 
1858
Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement 
1862
General Lee's adjutant major Stuart captured 
1862
Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota (it is later crushed) 
1864
6th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia: Confederate assault 
1864
Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days 
1868
French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse 
1870
Battle at Gravelotte Privat: Prussia beat France, 32,000 casualties 
1872
1st mail-order catalog issued by A M Ward 
1873
1st ascent of Mount Whitney, California (14,494') 
1886
Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles 
1891
Hurricane hits Martinique, about 700 die 
1894
Congress creates Bureau of Immigration 
1896
Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times 
1904
Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid. 
1909
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River. 
1914
Oscar Egg sets new cycling hour record (44,247 km) 
1914
-20] Belgian army withdraws to Antwerp 
1914
French troops under general Dubail occupy Sarrebourg 
1914
US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality" 
1915
Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1 
1917
Dutch Naval Air Force forms (MLD) 
1917
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless. 
1919
Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago Illinois 
1920
1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond 
1920
US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage 
1923
37th US Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-2 6-1) 
1924
France begins withdrawing troops from the Ruhr 
1925
Belgian & US sign treaty about war debts 
1925
Cardinal Mercier warns Belgians against socialism/liberalism 
1926
England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0 
1926
Weather map televised for 1st time 
1930
Eastern Airlines begins passenger service 
1931
Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game 
1932
Auguste Piccard/Max Cosijns reach 16,201m in a balloon 
1932
Englishman James Mollisson is 1st to fly east to west over Atlantic 
1934
48th US Women's Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah H Cooke (6-1 6-4) 
1934
Bradman scores 244 in 5th Test Cricket, 316 mins, 32 fours 1 six 
1934
Ponsford & Bradman make 451 partnership in 316 minutes v Eng 
1936
106.5°F-Hottest afternoon ever in Iowa 
1937
1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA) 
1938
FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada 
1940
Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle 
1940
71 German aircraft shot down above England 
1941
German concentration camp Amersfoort opens 
1941
Phillies commit 8 errors in a game 
1942
Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese 
1943
Carl Hubbell wins his 253rd & final game, all with Giants 
1943
Final convoy of Jews from Salonika, Greece, arrives at Auschwitz 
1943
Otto Skorzeny's Heinkel-111 shot down at Sardinia 
1944
Chartres freed by US 3rd Army forces during WWII 
1944
Paris rail workers strike against Nazi occupiers 
1944
US 15th Army Corps reaches Mantes-Gassicourt near Paris 
1944
US 20th Army Corps conquers Chartres 
1945
Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off 
1946
Golf Writers Associaton of America forms 
1947
Naval torpedo & mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300 
1949
Hungary adopts constitution 
1949
Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart" 
1950
Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements. 
1951
Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth 
1954
James E Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting 
1955
-19] Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US 
1955
46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record) 
1955
Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria 
1956
Cin Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game 
1956
Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1 
1957
Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4½") 
1957
Betty Dodd wins LPGA Colonial Golf Open 
1957
Juan-Manuel Fangio, wins his last auto World Championship at 46 
1957
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1958
"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov published 
1958
Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel 
1958
Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde 
1958
Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
1958
Great Britain issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales) 
1958
Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records 
1958
TV game show scandal investigation starts 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1958
Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ 
1959
Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be pres of Continental League 
1960
1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie Ill 
1960
1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas 
1960
The Beatles give their 1st public performance (Kaiserkeller in Hamburg) 
1960
Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies 
1962
Peter, Paul & Mary release their 1st hit "If I Had a Hammer" 
1963
James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi 
1963
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament 
1964
Beatles arrive in SF, 2nd US visit 
1964
Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon 
1964
South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies 
1964
USSR launch 3 Kosmos satellites 
1965
Hank Aaron loses a HR, because he hit it out of batter's box 
1965
Orioles' Brooks Robinson hits into his record tying (George Sisler) 
1967
Red Sox Tony Conigliaro is beaned by Angels Jack Hamilton 
1967
Rolling Stones release "We Love You" 
1967
WCBS radio in NYC goes all-news 
1968
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic 
1969
Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly" 
1969
Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act 
1971
New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand's combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government 
1972
Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession 
1973
Gene Krupa, drummer, plays for final time with Benny Goodman Quartet 
1973
Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record 
1974
Joanne Carner wins LPGA St Paul Keller Golf Open 
1976
USSR's Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon 
1976
In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers. 
1977
2 girls are killed by a runaway car outside of Graceland 
1977
Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter 
1978
Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters 
1979
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1980
KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400 
1981
"My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances 
1981
Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons 
1981
Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million 
1982
1st time NYSE tops 100 M figure, 132.69 M shares traded 
1982
LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game started 8/17) 
1982
NYSE sets trading record of 132,690,000 shares traded 
1982
Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance 
1982
Longest baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago IL, ends after 22 innings - before LA Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1 (game started Aug 17th) 
1982
Japanese election law is amended to allow for proportional representation. 
1983
Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas 
1983
Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d is youngest woman to swim English Channel 
1983
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1983
Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order 
1984
Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire 
1985
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf 
1985
Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn 
1985
Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby) 
1986
Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness 
1986
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia PA on WYSP 94.1 FM 
1986
Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years) 
1986
John Tesh's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight 
1986
WYSP-FM Philadelphia begins simulcasting Howard Stern Show 
1987
Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL 
1987
Ohio nurse Donald Harvey sentence to triple life (poisoned 24) 
1987
Philip Rush of NZ, set record for triple crossing English Channel his time 28:21, 10 hours faster than 1st man to do it 
1987
Straatsburg: Manuela Stellmach/Astrid Strauss/Anke Mohring/ Heike Friedrich swims female world record 4x200m freestyle (7:55.47) 
1988
FDA approves Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment 
1988
Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million 
1988
Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket 
1989
Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin 
1989
Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as NY Yankee manager 
1989
Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia. 
1991
Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic 
1991
Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind 
1991
Pan Am games closes in Havana 
1992
"Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 perfs 
1993
Historical Kapelbrug in Luzern Switz, destroyed by fire 
1994
5.6 earthquake in Algeria, kills 171 
1995
Cards reliever Tom Henke earns his 300th career save 
1996
Emilee Klein wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open 
1996
Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC 
2000
A Federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act. 
2002
84th PGA Championship: Rich Beem shoots a 278 at Hazeltine National Golf Club 
2005
Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings. 
2005
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people. 
2008
President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition. 
2011
The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment 
2012
Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen 
2012
NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan 
2013
6 people are killed by a bomb blast on a bus in West Bengal, India 
2016
Brazil police pull US swimmers from flight in robbery probe 
2016
Cisco to cut up to 5500 jobs 
2016
China miffed at falling behind Britain in Olympic medals table 
2016
Rio Olympics 2016: Abbey D'Agostino completed 5000m heat with torn ACL 
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