July 18 – On This Day In History

18 July

Today is Mandela Day (also known as Nelson Mandela International Day). Celebrated on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, the annual event honours the legacy of Mandela and helps people to remember that an individual is capable of transforming the world in a positive way. Click here to visit the official site.

What happened today in history?

  • 1925 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler is published.
  • 1976 – Nadia Camaneci scores a perfect 10 in the gymnastics event at the Montreal Olympic Games.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1811 – William Makepeace Thackeray – English novelist.
  • 1848 – W. G. Grace – English cricketer.
  • 1918 – Nelson Mandela  – South African President
  • 1937 – Hunter S. Thompson – American writer.
  • 1949 – Dennis Lillee – Australian cricketer.
  • 1957 – Nick Faldo – English golfer.

Who died today?

  • 1610 – Caravaggio – Italian artist.
  • 1817 – Jane Austen – English novelist.

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