This Day in History- July 18

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This Day in History- July 18-01

History is a highly essential subject that plays a significant part in forming our civilization. The study of previous events is known as history. We refer to the past while comparing it to the present to determine the changes that have occurred. Our acts in the past affect our actions in the future. As a result, history is critical in preparing us for the future. So, let us try to decipher the significance of July 18 in history.

Remembering Ranjitsinhji, the first Indian who played Test cricket for  England
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What Happened in India on July 18?

  • 1896:  KS Ranjitsinhji scored an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket

KS Ranjitsinhji, an Indian-born cricketer, batted undefeated for England in the second Test against Australia at Old Trafford on July 18, 1896.

  • 1914: Gandhi departed South Africa

Gandhi departed South Africa after successfully spearheading Passive Resistance movements.

  • 1947: Indian Independence Act

The Indian Independence Act was passed into law by King George VI.

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  • 1980: Rohini

Rohini 1, India’s first satellite, was successfully launched into orbit on July 18, 1980.

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  • 2020: Bachchans got Covid

Amitabh Bachchan, an Indian actor, and his son Abhishek were hospitalized in Mumbai with COVID-19.

What Happened Around the World on July 18?

  • 64: Great Fire of Rome

The Great Fire of Rome began on July 18, 64, under Emperor Nero.

  • 1866: 500,000 volunteers for military service

President Abraham Lincoln of the United States requested 500,000 volunteers for military duty.

  • 1921: Babe Ruth surpassed Roger Connor

With 139 home runs, Babe Ruth surpassed Roger Connor as the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball on July 18, 1921. 

  • 1925: Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf (originally titled “Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice”) was published by Adolf Hitler.

Amazon Bans, Then Reinstates, Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' - The New York Times
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  • 1936: Spanish Civil War

General Francisco Franco released a manifesto and led a rebellion among the Spanish troops stationed in Morocco.

  • 1938: Douglas Corrigan landed in Ireland

“Wrong Way” Douglas Corrigan landed in Ireland following a 28-hour journey that allegedly began in New York and ended in California on July 18, 1938. 

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  • 1955: Electric power generated by atomic energy

The first commercially available electric power generated by atomic energy was sold.

  • 1968: Intel 

Intel Corporation was established in Santa Clara, California on July 18, 1968, by Andrew Grove.

  • 1994: Largest collision between Comet Shoemaker-Levy and Jupiter

The largest collision between Comet Shoemaker-Levy and Jupiter left a 12,000 km wide black patch. 

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  • 1995: Dreams from My Father

Barack Obama’s memoir “Dreams from My Father” was released by Times Books.

  • 2012: Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un was formally appointed as North Korea’s Supreme Leader and awarded the title of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army on July 18, 2012. 

  • 2018: the Meghalayan Age

The International Commission on Stratigraphy has proclaimed a new Earth geological era, the Meghalayan Age, dating from 4,200 years ago to the present.

An Indian state just made history, literally | Business Insider India
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Famous Birthdays

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as South Africa’s President from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black president and the first to be elected in a completely democratic election.

  • 1921: John Glenn

John Herschel Glenn Jr. was a Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, and politician from the United States. He was the third American in space and the first to orbit the Earth three times, in 1962.

  • 1967: Vin Diesel 

Mark Sinclair, better known as Vin Diesel, is an American actor and director. He is most recognized for his role as Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious film trilogy.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a film producer, singer, and actress from India. She is the Miss World 2000 winner and is one of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities.

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