1587: The first English child born is America is born on this date. She was Virginia Dare, the granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke.
1590: Governor John White returns to the Roanoke Colony only to find out the settlement has been deserted.
1612: The most famous witch trials in England’s history – the Pendle Witch Trials – begines at Lancaster Assizes.
1634: Urbain Grandier is convicted of sorcery and is burned at the stake in Loudun, France.
1783: A flaming meteor steaks across Great Britain on this date.
1864: Union forces attack Wilmington and Weldon Railroad in an attempt to cut an important Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia during the American Civil War.
1868: Helium is discovered by French astronomer Pierre Janssen.
1903: German engineer Karl Jatho flies a self-made gliding airplane.
1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.
1963: James Meredith becomes the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1965:S Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula during the Vietnam War. This battle – known as Operation Starlite – is considered to be the first major American ground offensive of the war.
1966: A Royal Australian Regiment engages a Viet Cong force in the Phước Tuy province – this battle would come to be known as The Battle of Long Tan.
1971: New Zealand and Australia withdraws troops from Vietnam on this day.
1983: 22 people are killed when Hurricane Alicia hits the coast of Texas. It is estimated this hurricane caused approximately a billion dollars in damages.
Famous Birthdays on August 18
American captain and politician Louie Gohmert is born in 1953.
Italian astrophysicist and politician Umberto Guidoni is born in 1954.
German Cardinal Rainer Woelki is born in 1956.
American actress Madeleine Stowe is born in 1958.
American actor Edward Norton is born in 1969.
American actor Christian Slater is born in 1969.
American economist Jason Furman is born in 1970.
American actor and producer Malcolm-Jamal Warner is born in 1970.