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What Happened On This Day In History?


Friday, August 18th 2017

Today is the 230th day of 2017.  There are 135 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1846
U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, N.M.
1894
Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.
1914
President Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
1920
Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
1954
Assistant Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.
1958
The novel ''Lolita'' by Vladimir Nabokov was published.
1963
James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1963
James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1983
Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than $1 billion damage.
1988
Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was nominated as George Bush's running mate during the Republican convention in New Orleans.
1989
In Colombia, leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan was assassinated outside Bogota; the Medellin drug cartel was strongly suspected.
1991
Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea. The coup collapsed three days later.
1997
Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.

Notable Deaths

1227
The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.
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