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This Day In History: July 18

This Day in History

1918: In World War I 's Battle of the Marne, the Allies launch a counteroffensive at Château-Thierry, eventually resulting in a German retreat.
1925: Adolf Hitler publishes his manifesto, Mein Kampf.
1947: President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act, designating the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate as next in line after the vice president.
1969: Senator Edward M. Kennedy drives his car off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, MA, and his only passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowns. He is found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.
1993: Japan 's Liberal Democratic Party, in office since 1955, loses its majority in parliament in general elections.
2003: Dr. David Kelly, a senior adviser to the British government, is found dead by his own hand after being named as the source for a BBC report that stated the government had exaggerated the danger of Iraq 's weapons programs.

Today's Birthdays

1811: William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (Calcutta, India; died 1863)
1906: Clifford Odets, playwright (Philadelphia, PA; died 1963)
1909: Andrey Gromyko, Soviet foreign minister and president (Starye Gromyki—now in Belarus; died 1989)
1911: Hume Cronyn, actor (London, Ontario, Canada; died 2003)
1916: L. Patrick Gray 3rd, acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the Watergate scandal (St. Louis, Missouri; died 2005)
1918: Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist/political prisoner and South African president (Gunu, Transkei, South Africa)
1921: John Glenn, former OH senator and astronaut (Cambridge, OH)
1927: Kurt Masur, conductor (Brieg, Germany)
1929: Dick Button, Olympic champion figure skater/sportscaster (Englewood, NJ)
1937: Hunter Thompson, journalist (Louisville, KY; died 2005)
1940: James Brolin, actor (Los Angeles, CA). Joe Torre, baseball player/manager (Brooklyn, NY)
1941: Martha Reeves, singer (Eufaula, AL)
1943: Calvin Peete, golfer (Detroit, MI)
1947: Malcolm "Steve" Forbes Jr., publisher and presidential aspirant (Morristown, NJ)
1957: Nick Faldo, golfer (Welwyn Garden City, England)
1961: Elizabeth McGovern, actress (Evanston, IL)
1967: Vin Diesel, actor (New York, NY)
1972: Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, basketball player (Memphis, TN)


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