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18th July: Today In History

Today is Tuesday, July 18th, the 199th day of 2017. There are 166 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Events:
1947:  President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)
1536:  The English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.
1792:  American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.
1817:  English novelist Jane Austen died in Winchester at age 41.
1927:  Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time in his career during a game between the Philadelphia Athletics (his new team) and the Detroit Tigers (his old one) at Navin Field. (The Tigers won, 5-3.)
1932:  The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1944:  Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II. American forces in France captured the Normandy town of St. Lo.
1955:  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and French Premier Edgar Faure held a summit in Geneva.
1969:  Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne (koh-PEHK’-nee), 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.
1976: 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, competing at the Montreal Olympics, received the first-ever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s in Montreal.)
1984:  Gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in San Ysidro (ee-SEE’-droh), California, killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.
1994:  A bomb hidden in a van destroyed a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85. Tutsi rebels declared an end to Rwanda’s 14-week-old civil war.

Birthdays:
Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 88.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Tenley Albright is 82.
Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 79.
Musician Brian Auger is 78.
Singer Dion DiMucci is 78.
Actor James Brolin is 77.
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre is 77.
Singer Martha Reeves is 76.
Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 68.

Quotes Of The Day:
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.
Love is blind. And it will take over your mind. What you think is love, is truly not. You need to elevate your mind.

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