August 18 Events in History - August 18 Birthdays - August 18 Deaths
2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to reduce greenhouse gases from oil and gas operations, proposing a rule to cut methane emissions from these sources by 40 to 45 percent of 2012 baseline levels over the next 10 years
2014 A meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan has been canceled following a Pakistani official's meeting with separatists in Kashmir province, a disputed territory claimed by both nations
2014 Rafael Nadal, title winner of the 2013 U.S. Open, will not participate in the 2014 championship due to a wrist injury
2013 UN inspectors arrive in Damascus to determine whether chemical weapons were used in the Syrian conflict
2013 Columbia's Chiribiquete National Park expands to 3 million hectares from 1.2 million hectares, becoming one of the Amazon's largest protected zones
2012 Egypt's state news organization states that their President, Mohammed Morsi is going to Iran at the end of August to attend the Non-Aligned Movement meeting
2012 The United Kingdom's Treasury Committee of the House of Commons releases the first of two volumes reporting on the LIBOR fixing scandal
2011 In an effort to stop the growth of household debt, South Korean banks temporarily stop making household loans
2011 Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce
2010 Santiago, Nuevo Leon's mayor, Edelmiro Cavazos is found dead, handcuffed and blindfolded after being abducted Sunday night
2010 Iceland lowers its interest rate to 7 percent
2008 Pervez Musharraf resigns as President of Pakistan
2005 Dennis Rader, the BTK killer, receives 10 consecutive life sentences
1996 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
1996 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in New York City
1995 Cards reliever Tom Henke earns his 300th career save
1994 5.6 earthquake in Algeria, kills 171
1993 Historical Kapelbrug in Luzern, Switzerland, destroyed by fire
1992 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion New York City for 61 performances
1991 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic
1991 Hurricane Bob hits North Carolina with 115 MPH wind
1991 Pan Am games closes in Havana
1989 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
1989 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as New York Yankee manager
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
1987 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
1987 Ohio nurse Donald Harvey sentence to triple life (poisoned 24)
1987 Philip Rush of New Zealand, 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)
1986 Crockett's Tavern opens in Fort Wilderness
1986 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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
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)
1984 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
1983 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston and Galveston, Texas
1983 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d is youngest woman to swim English Channel
1983 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1983 Royals defeat Yankees, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out and Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
1982 Los Angeles 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, Illinois, ends after 22 innings - before Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1 (game started Aug 17th)
1981 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 119 performances
1981 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons
1981 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of University of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
1980 Kansas City Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400
1979 Iran Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
1979 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Memphis, Tennessee settles with striking police officers and firefighters
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
1976 U.S.S.R.'s Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon
1974 Joanne Carner wins LPGA St. Paul Keller Golf Open
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
1972 Police fine Paul and Linda McCartney 800 pounds in Sweden cannabis possession
1969 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"
1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
1967 Red Sox Tony Conigliaro is beaned by Angels Jack Hamilton
1967 Rolling Stones release "We Love You"
1967 WCBS radio in New York City goes all-news
1965 Hank Aaron loses a home run, because he hit it out of batter's box
1965 Orioles' Brooks Robinson hits into his record tying (George Sisler)
1964 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd U.S. visit
1964 Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon
1964 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
1964 U.S.S.R. launch 3 Kosmos satellites
1963 James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
1962 Peter, Paul and Mary release their 1st hit "If I Had a Hammer"
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall completed
1960 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
1960 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1960 Beatles give their 1st public performance (Kaiserkeller in Hamburg)
1960 Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies
1959 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League
1958 "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, published
1958 Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel
1958 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
1958 Great Britain issues regional stamps for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
1958 Perez Prado "Mambo King," receives one of the 1st gold records
1958 TV game show scandal investigation starts
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1958 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1957 Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4 ")
1957 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Colonial Golf Open
1957 Juan-Manuel Fangio, wins his last auto World Championship at 46
1957 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1956 Cincinnati Reds (8) and Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 home runs in a 9 inning game
1956 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
1955 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
1954 James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a U.S. cabinet meeting
1951 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
1949 Hungary adopts constitution
1949 Ralph Flanagan and his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"
1947 Naval torpedo and mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300
1946 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
1945 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off
1944 Paris railroad workers strike against nazi occupiers
1944 U.S. 15th Army corp reaches Mantes-Gassicourt near Paris
1944 U.S. 20th Army corp conquers Chartres
1943 Carl Hubbell wins his 253rd and final game, all with Giants
1943 Final convoy of Jews from Salonika Greece arrive at Auschwitz
1943 Otto Skorzeny's Heinkel-111 shot down at Sardinia
1942 Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese
1941 Concentration camp Amersfoort opens
1941 Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
1940 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting U.S. and Canada
1937 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
1936 106.5 degrees F-Hottest afternoon ever in Iowa
1934 48th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah H Cooke (61 64)
1934 Bradman scores 244 in 5th Test Cricket, 316 minutes, 32 fours 1 six
1934 Ponsford and Bradman make 451 partnership in 316 minutes vs. Eng
1932 Auguste Piccard/Max Cosijns reach 16,201m in a balloon
1932 Englishman James Mollisson is 1st to fly east to west over Atlantic
1931 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game
1930 Eastern Airlines begins passenger service
1926 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
1926 Weather map televised for 1st time
1925 Belgian and U.S. sign treaty about war debts
1925 Cardinal Mercier warns Belgians against socialism/liberalism
1924 France begins retracting troops out of Ruhrgebied
1923 37th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla B Mallory (62 61)
1920 1st class debut of Walter Hammond
1920 Tennessee ratifies 19th Amendment, guarantees women voting right
1920 19th amendment acknowledges women's rights
1919 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois
1917 Dutch Naval Air Force forms (MLD)
1915 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
1914 Belgian army withdraws to Antwerp
1914 French troops under general Dubail occupy Sarrebourg
1914 President Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"
1896 Adolph Ochs (39) buys New York Times
1894 Congress creates Bureau of Immigration
1891 Hurricane hits Martinique, about 700 die
1886 Carr Baker Neel and Samuel Neel win U.S. Lawn Tennis Association doubles
1873 1st ascent of Mount Whitney, California, 14,494'
1872 1st mail-order catalog issued by A. M. Ward
1870 Battle at Gravelotte Privat: Prussia beat France, 32,000 casualties
1868 Pierre Janssan discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse
1864 6th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia: Confederate assault
1864 Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
1862 General Lee's adjutant major Stuart captured
1862 Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota
1858 Netherlands and Japan sign trade agreement
1846 General Stephen W Kearney's U.S. forces captures Santa Fe, New Mexico
1840 Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded in New York
1838 1st U.S. marine expedition
1835 Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago
1834 Mount Vesuvius erupts
1817 Gloucester, Massachusetts, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
1795 Curacao governor De Veer sends miltia to stop rebellious slaves
1769 Gunpowder in Brescia Italy church explodes, killing 3,000
1759 2nd sea battle of Lagos: England vs France
1735 Evening Post begins publishing (Boston Mass)
1700 Swedish, English and Dutch army lands on Seeland, Denmark
1698 Russian czar Peter the Great arrives in Zaandam
1686 Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus
1674 Jean Racine's "Iphigenie," premieres in Versailles
1605 Spanish army under of general Spinola conquerors Lingen
1572 King Navarra Henri de Bourbon marries Margaretha van Valois
1564 Spanish king Philip II joins Council of Trente
1289 Pope Nicolaus IV publishes degree "Supra montem"
410 King Alarik I's Visigoten occupies and plunders Rome