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August 18th, 2005 (August 18 2005)EventDennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings.
August 18th, 2005 (August 18 2005)EventMassive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
August 18th, 2004 (August 18 2004)EventIn Dublin, Ireland the Dublin Port Tunnel excavation works are completed.
August 18th, 2000 (August 18 2000)EventFederal jury found 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.
August 18th, 1992 (August 18 1992)EventWang Laboratories files for bankruptcy.An Wang Quotes
August 18th, 1989 (August 18 1989)EventLeading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan is assassinated near Bogota in Colombia.
August 18th, 1983 (August 18 1983)EventHurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
August 18th, 1982 (August 18 1982)EventJapanese election law is amended to allow for proportional representation.
August 18th, 1977 (August 18 1977)EventSteve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to apartheid.William King Quotes
August 18th, 1976 (August 18 1976)EventIn the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.
August 18th, 1971 (August 18 1971)EventVietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
August 18th, 1969 (August 18 1969)EventJimi Hendrix plays the unofficial last day of Woodstock.Jimi Hendrix Quotes
August 18th, 1966 (August 18 1966)EventVietnam War: The Battle of Long Tan occurs, when a patrol of Royal Australian Regiment encounter the Viet Cong.
August 18th, 1965 (August 18 1965)EventVietnam War: Operation Starlite beginsUnited States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.
August 18th, 1963 (August 18 1963)EventAmerican civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
August 18th, 1958 (August 18 1958)EventVladimir Nabokov s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.Vladimir Nabokov Quotes
August 18th, 1950 (August 18 1950)EventJulien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
August 18th, 1941 (August 18 1941)EventAdolf Hitler orders a temporary halt to Nazi Germany s systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and handicapped due to protests.Adolf Hitler Quotes
August 18th, 1938 (August 18 1938)EventThe Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
August 18th, 1920 (August 18 1920)EventNineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, guaranteeing women s suffrage.
August 18th, 1917 (August 18 1917)EventA Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
August 18th, 1909 (August 18 1909)EventTokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.
August 18th, 1904 (August 18 1904)EventChris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid.
August 18th, 1903 (August 18 1903)EventGerman engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
August 18th, 1891 (August 18 1891)EventMajor hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
August 18th, 1877 (August 18 1877)EventAsaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
August 18th, 1870 (August 18 1870)EventFranco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
August 18th, 1868 (August 18 1868)EventFrench astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen discovers helium.
August 18th, 1864 (August 18 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Globe TavernUnion forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Weldon Railroad.
August 18th, 1848 (August 18 1848)EventCamila O Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez executed on orders by Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
August 18th, 1838 (August 18 1838)EventThe Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads in 1838
August 18th, 1775 (August 18 1775)EventThe Spanish established a presidio (fort) and the town came to be called Tucson, Arizona.
August 18th, 1636 (August 18 1636)EventThe Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts was first signed.
August 18th, 1634 (August 18 1634)EventUrbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, burned alive in Loudun, France.
August 18th, 1590 (August 18 1590)EventJohn White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply-trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
August 18th, 1587 (August 18 1587)EventVirginia Dare, granddaughter of Gov. John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
August 18th, 1587 (August 18 1587)EventSaul Wahl was elected King of Poland, according to legend.
August 18th, 1572 (August 18 1572)EventWedding in Paris of the Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre with Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
August 18th, 1541 (August 18 1541)EventA Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the ancient Japanese province of Higo (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture). (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1541)
August 18th, 1201 (August 18 1201)EventThe city of Riga is founded.
August 18th, 0293 (August 18 0293)EventThe oldest known Roman temple to Venus was founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica.

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