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Friday 18 August 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 1965 – Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins: United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.
  • 1963 – Civil Rights Movement: James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1958 – Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bengali and the first Asian to do so. He came first among 39 competitors.
  • 1958 – Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
  • 1945 – Sukarno takes office as the first president of Indonesia, following the country's declaration of independence the previous day.
  • 1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
  • 1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.
  • 1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern: Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
  • 1612 – The trial of the Pendle witches, one of England's most famous witch trials, begins at Lancaster Assizes.
  • 1587 – Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.

Births

  • 1992 – Elizabeth Beisel, American swimmer
  • 1986 – Evan Gattis, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Bart Scott, American football player
  • 1980 – Jeremy Shockey, American football player
  • 1978 – Andy Samberg, American actor and comedian
  • 1974 – Nicole Krauss, American novelist and critic
  • 1970 – Jason Furman, American economist and politician
  • 1970 – Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Christian Slater, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Edward Norton, American actor
  • 1969 – Everlast, American rapper, singer-songwriter, and guitarist
  • 1967 – Brian Michael Bendis, American author and illustrator
  • 1964 – Kenny Walker, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Bob Woodruff, American journalist and author
  • 1961 – Timothy Geithner, American banker and politician, 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1960 – Fat Lever, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1960 – Mike LaValliere, American baseball player
  • 1959 – Tom Prichard, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1958 – Madeleine Stowe, American actress
  • 1957 – Denis Leary, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – John Debney, American composer and conductor
  • 1956 – Jon Schwartz, American drummer and producer
  • 1956 – Kelly Willard, American singer-songwriter
  • 1955 – Bruce Benedict, American baseball player and coach
  • 1955 – Taher Elgamal, Egyptian-American cryptographer
  • 1953 – Louie Gohmert, American captain, lawyer, and politician
  • 1953 – Marvin Isley, American R&B bass player and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1952 – Elayne Boosler, American actress, director, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (d. 2009)
  • 1945 – Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and author (d. 1994)
  • 1945 – Sarah Dash, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1944 – Paula Danziger, American author (d. 2004)
  • 1943 – Martin Mull, American actor and comedian
  • 1940 – Gil Whitney, American journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1939 – Johnny Preston, American pop singer (d. 2011)
  • 1939 – Maxine Brown, American soul/R&B singer-songwriter
  • 1936 – Robert Redford, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1935 – Gail Fisher, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and soldier (d. 1972)
  • 1934 – Vincent Bugliosi, American lawyer and author (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Liviu Librescu, Romanian-American engineer and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1928 – Marge Schott, American businesswoman (d. 2004)
  • 1928 – Sonny Til, American R&B singer (The Orioles) (d. 1981)
  • 1920 – Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Shelley Winters, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1919 – Wally Hickel, American businessman and politician, 2nd Governor of Alaska (d. 2010)
  • 1918 – Cisco Houston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1961)
  • 1917 – Caspar Weinberger, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Max Lanier, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1914 – Lucy Ozarin, United States Navy lieutenant commander and psychiatrist
  • 1911 – Amelia Boynton Robinson, American activist (d. 2015)
  • 1910 – Herman Berlinski, Polish-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2001)
  • 1906 – Curtis Jones, American blues pianist and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1905 – Enoch Light, American bandleader, violinist, and recording engineer (d. 1978)
  • 1904 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (d. 1996)
  • 1902 – Margaret Murie, American environmentalist and author (d. 2003)
  • 1896 – Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1933)
  • 1893 – Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1883 – Sidney Hatch, American runner and soldier (d. 1966)
  • 1869 – Carl Rungius, German-American painter and educator (d. 1959)
  • 1857 – Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian-American bishop and missionary (d. 1926)
  • 1841 – William Halford, English-American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1919)
  • 1834 – Marshall Field, American businessman, founded Marshall Field's (d. 1906)
  • 1822 – Isaac P. Rodman, American general and politician (d. 1862)
  • 1803 – Nathan Clifford, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 19th United States Attorney General (d. 1881)
  • 1774 – Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, explorer, and politician (d. 1809)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Bud Yorkin, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Louis Stokes, American lawyer and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Gordon Faber, American soldier and politician, 39th Mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Jim Jeffords, American captain, lawyer, and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Albert Murray, American author and critic (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Josephine D'Angelo, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Harrison Begay, American painter (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – John Kovatch, American football player (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Scott McKenzie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2010 – Benjamin Kaplan, American scholar and jurist (b. 1911)
  • 2010 – Hal Connolly, American hammer thrower and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Robert Novak, American journalist and author (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Rose Friedman, Ukrainian-American economist and author (b. 1910)
  • 2007 – Michael Deaver, American soldier and politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • 2005 – Chri$ Ca$h, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2004 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer and conductor (b. 1922)
  • 2004 – Hiram Fong, American soldier and politician (b. 1906)
  • 2002 – Dean Riesner, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1918)
  • 1994 – Francis Raymond Shea, American bishop (b. 1913)
  • 1990 – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist and philosopher, invented the Skinner box (b. 1904)
  • 1981 – Anita Loos, American author and screenwriter (b. 1889)
  • 1968 – Arthur Marshall, American pianist and composer (b. 1881)
  • 1949 – Paul Mares, American trumpet player and bandleader (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (b. 1900)
  • 1940 – Walter Chrysler, American businessman, founded Chrysler (b. 1875)
  • 1919 – Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram Company (b. 1841)
  • 1886 – Eli Whitney Blake, American inventor, invented the Mortise lock (b. 1795)
  • 1815 – Chauncey Goodrich, American lawyer and politician, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (b. 1759)
  • 1809 – Matthew Boulton, English businessman and engineer, co-founded Boulton and Watt (b. 1728)
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