Historical Events for July 18

0064 – Great Fire of Rome begins (Nero didn’t fiddle)
1536 – Pope’s authority declared void in England
1768 – Boston Gazette publishes “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song
1853 – Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal
1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907,” premieres in NYC
1918 – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate *** HAPPY BIRTHDAY *** to you
1931 – 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched
1940 – 1st successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Ct
1947 – King George VI signs Indian Independence Bill
1951 – Uruguay accepts its constitution
1953 – Rock star Elvis Presley made his first recording in Sun Studios.
1977 – Vietnam joins the United Nations.

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