What Happened on July 18


Historical Events

1896 – Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji completes an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket debut for England in 2nd Test against Australia at Old Trafford
1915 – WWI: Second Battle of Isonzo begins with Kingdom of Italy offensive against Austria-Hungary, ends 2-1/2 weeks later with over 91,000 combined casualties
1936 – Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leads an uprising in the Spanish army stationed in Morocco
1943 – British assault on Catania, Sicily
1944 – 7:45 Operation Goodwood: British assault east of Caen
1970 – Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time

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Famous Birthdays

1898 – John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1979)
1921 – John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio (d. 2016)
1946 – Tim Lynch, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
1949 – Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker; Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
1957 – Nick Faldo, English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire
1975 – Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Famous Deaths

1931 – Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
1961 – Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
1987 – Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist (Regionalist Manifesto), dies at 87
1996 – Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
2009 – Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
2016 – Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol’s factory), dies at 76

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