on this day … 8/18


1227 – The Mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan died.

1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished.

1735 – The “Evening Post” of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.

1840 – The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.

1846 – Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.

1894 – The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.

1914 – The “Proclamation of Neutrality” was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S.out of World War I.

1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace was made into a national shrine.

1919 – The “Anti-Cigarette League of America” was formed in Chicago IL.

1920 – Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote. 

1937 – The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.

1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S.and Canada.

1940 – Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II. 

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita” was published.

1963 – James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat. 

1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S. 

1982 – The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.

1987 – Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL).

1990 – The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.

1991 – An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.

1997 – Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history.