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August 18th History

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August 18th In Pop Culture History

#1 August 18, 1979 - Good Times
By Chic

1587 - Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas, to Ananias and Eleanor Dare. She and the rest of the colonists at Roanoke disappeared at some point before August 18, 1590. The only clue was the word "Croatoan" carved into a post.

1868 - French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium.

1783 - The 1783 Great Meteor was observed from the British Isles.

1877 - Asaph Hall discovered the Martian moon Phobos.

1903 - German engineer Karl Jatho amay have flown hisown airplane, four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.

1920 - The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

1956 - #1 Hit August 18, 1956 - November 2, 1956: Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog

1958 - Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita was published in the United States.

1958 - #1 Hit August 18, 1958 - August 24, 1958: Domenico Modugno - Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)

1962 - Ringo Starr joined the Beatles, replacing Pete Best

1973 - #1 Hit August 18, 1973 - August 24, 1973: Diana Ross - Touch Me in the Morning

1977 - Steve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the 'Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967' in King William's Town, South Africa. He died from injuries that occurred during his arrest. Peter Gabriel released a tribute to him, Biko, which became a hit in 1980.

1979 - #1 Hit August 18, 1979 - August 24, 1979: Chic - Good Times

August 18, 1989 (fiction) Jurassic Parks computer systems were sabotaged, Jurassic Park, Book/Film

August 18, 1993 Birthday (fictional) Percy Jackson, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book/Film

2001 - #1 Hit August 18, 2001 - September 7, 2001: Alicia Keys - Fallin'

2005 - A massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, the one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history, and lasted just over six hours.

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Robert Redford (1937)
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Mika Boorem (1987)
Shelley Winters (1920)
Patrick Swayze (1952)
Edward Norton (1969)
Frances Bean Cobain (1992)
Denis Leary (1957)
Andy Samberg (1978)
Christian Slater (1969)
Madeleine Stowe (1958)
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