Today in History, English
Today in History, English

93568August 18Event1917 – A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
93569August 18Event1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
93570August 18Event1938 – 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.
93541August 17Holiday and observanceBirthday of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari)
93542August 17Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:Clare of the CrossHyacinth of PolandJacobo Kyushei TomonagaJeanne DelanoueJohann Gerhard (Lutheran)Mammes of Caesarea (Catholic Church)Samuel Johnson, Timothy Cutler, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler (Episcopal Church)August 17 (Eastern Or
93543August 17Holiday and observanceBlack Cat Appreciation Day
93544August 17Holiday and observanceEngineer's Day (Colombia)
93545August 17Holiday and observanceFlag Day (Bolivia)
93546August 17Holiday and observanceIndependence Day (Indonesia), celebrates the proclamation of Indonesia's independence from Japan in 1945.
93547August 17Holiday and observanceIndependence Days (Gabon), celebrates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960.
93548August 17Holiday and observancePrekmurje Union Day (Slovenia)
93549August 17Holiday and observanceSan Martin Day (Argentina)
93550August 17Holiday and observanceDiscovery Day 2015 in the Yukon Territory of Canada
93551August 18Event684 – Battle of Marj Rahit: Umayyad partisans defeat the supporters of Ibn al-Zubayr and cement Umayyad control of Syria.
93552August 18Event1304 – The Battle of Mons-en-Pévèle is fought to a draw between the French army and the Flemish militias.
93553August 18Event1487 – The Siege of Málaga ends with the taking of the city by Castilian and Aragonese forces.
93554August 18Event1572 – Marriage in Paris, France, of the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre to Margaret of Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
93555August 18Event1587 – Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
93556August 18Event1590 – John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
93557August 18Event1612 – The trial of the Pendle witches, one of England's most famous witch trials, begins at Lancaster Assizes.
93558August 18Event1634 – Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
93559August 18Event1783 – A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
93560August 18Event1838 – The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads.
93561August 18Event1848 – Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
93562August 18Event1864 – 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.
93563August 18Event1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
93564August 18Event1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
93565August 18Event1877 – Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
93566August 18Event1891 – Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
93567August 18Event1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.

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