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1698Russian Tsar Peter the Great arrives in Zaandam

1862General Lee's adjutant major Stuart captured

1909Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

1914US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"

192337th US Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-2 6-1)

1931Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

1934Bradman scores 244 in 5th Test Cricket, 316 mins, 32 fours 1 six

1934Ponsford & Bradman make 451 partnership in 316 minutes v Eng

1938FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada

1956Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1

1958Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

1958Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1963Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament

1965Hank Aaron loses a HR, because he hit it out of batter's box

1968Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic

1969Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

1973Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record

1980KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400

1981Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

1982Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance

On This Day In History
Date Event
Aug 18, 293 BC
The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. 
Aug 18, 1201
The city of Riga is founded. 
Aug 18, 1289
Pope Nicolas IV publishes degree "Supra montem" 
Aug 18, 1541
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the ancient Japanese province of Higo (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture). (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1541) 
Aug 18, 1564
Spanish king Philip II joins Council of Trente 
Aug 18, 1587
Saul Wahl is elected King of Poland, according to legend. 
Aug 18, 1591
Governor of Roanoke Island colony returns from England to find everyone in the colony had disappeared [or Aug 17, 1590] 
Aug 18, 1605
Spanish army under of general Spinola conquerors Lingen 
Aug 18, 1634
Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France. 
Aug 18, 1636
The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed. 
Aug 18, 1674
Jean Racine's "Iphigénie" premieres in Versailles 
Aug 18, 1686
Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus 
Aug 18, 1698
Russian Tsar Peter the Great arrives in Zaandam 
Aug 18, 1700
Swedish, English & Dutch army lands on Seeland, Denmark 
Aug 18, 1735
Evening Post begins publishing (Boston Mass) 
Aug 18, 1759
-19] 2nd sea battle of Lagos: England vs France 
Aug 18, 1769
Gunpowder in church in Brescia, Italy, explodes, killing 3,000 
Aug 18, 1795
Curacao governor De Veer sends miltia to stop rebellious slaves 
Aug 18, 1817
Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore 
Aug 18, 1834
Mt Vesuvius erupts 
Aug 18, 1835
Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago 
Aug 18, 1838
1st US marine expedition 
Aug 18, 1840
Organization of American Society of Dental Surgeons founded (NY) 
Aug 18, 1840
French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand 
Aug 18, 1846
Gen Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe NM 
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