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This Day in History for July 18

1743 – 1st half page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal)

1853 – Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal.

1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service.

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premiers in NYC.

1914 – US army air service 1st comes into being, in Signal Corps.

1931 – 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched.

1936 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano is sentenced to 30 to 50 years in state prison.

1940 – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term.

1947 – US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act.

1955 – 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially.

1961 – Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth’s record of 60 HRs in 154-game schedule in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games.

1966 – Gemini 10 launched (John Young & Michael Collins)

1968 – The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California.

1979 – Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London.

1980 – Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn’t include women.

1984 – 21 people are killed and 19 are injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California; it ends with the shooting of it perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty.

1994 – Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons.

1995 – “Dreams from My Father”, a memoir by Barack Obama is publishing by Times Books.

2013 – Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion.

2015 – PayPal is spun off from eBay as a separate publicity traded company on the NASDAQ.

2018 – Elon Musk apologies for calling British caver diver in Thai rescue “pedo guy” after widespread criticism and fall in Tesla stock price.

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