On July 18

They say experience is the greatest teacher. But who wants to experience heartache and hardship first-hand if they don’t have to? Looking back through history, and studying the historical events that take place on any given day is one way to learn from other people’s mistakes without making your own. Reading on this day, that age in history also gives you plenty of material to pass away the stifling hot days of high summer. So what went down on July 18th, this day in history? Fasten your proverbial seatbelts. July 18th is gonna be a bumpy ride. 

Famous Historical Events

64 A.D.: Rome burns in The Great Fire on this day in history. They say Emperor Nero twiddled his thumbs as the fire raged throughout one of Europe’s most populated cities. Rome was no stranger to fires. They were a frequent occurrence in a metropolis where people were packed tight as sardines into labyrinthine alleys and shoebox-sized high-rise apartments. But this fire obliterated the majority of the city and eventually led to Nero’s downfall. 

Rome in Fire

1743: The New York Weekly Journal published the first half-page newspaper ad. 

1925: It seems like Hitler was always up to something horrible on any given day in history. On this day, that age July 18th, 1925, Hitler published Mein Kampf, one of the most boring books ever written. Can’t sleep tonight? Give it a read and thank us later after you wake up refreshed. 

Mein Kampf

1936: The Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issued a manifesto which leads to an uprising in the Spanish Army, stationed in Morocco. 

1980: Billy Joel’s album Glass Houses tops the U.S. music charts.

2012: Kim Jong Un was appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea. He was also given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army. We’re not entirely sure why North Korea’s leader doesn’t like U.S. writers, but then we go and do things like this.

Kim Jong Un

2013: The largest-ever municipal bankruptcy took place in the U.S. on this day in history when Detroit, Michigan, filed for bankruptcy. 

Detroit Michigan

Famous Birthdays

1635: Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke

Hooke, a scientific polymath, was a member of the Royal Society and curator of experiments for same. He was born on this day in the Isle of Wight, England. After the Great Fire of London, Wight surveyed the smoldering remains of the city. An architect as well, Hooke worked alongside Christopher Wren to rebuild St. Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire. 

1918: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

In South Africa, Mandela is referred to as the Father of the Nation. He was a tireless anti-apartheid activist and a politician, whose beliefs landed him in a prison cell for 27 years. Once freed in 1990, Mandela went on to become the President of the African National Congress, before he was elected the first black President of South Africa in 1994. He was born in Mvezo, Umtata South Africa and lived to be 95 years old. 

1895: George “Machine Gun” Kelly

Kelly was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois. A bootlegger, kidnapper, and bank robber, Kelly became infamous in the 1930s when he kidnapped Charles F. Urschel, an oil tycoon. Kelly collected $200,000 in ransom money. Ironically, he also died on this day in history, in 1954. He was 58. 

Famous Deathdays

1775: Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Austen, one of England’s most celebrated writers, died on this day in history of Addison’s Disease at the age of 41. Two of her works were published posthumously. 

July 18th has proven to be a pivotal day in history and not one without irony when you consider what this day might mean to the ghost of Machine Gun Kelly. The past is over, but if we don’t look back, we may miss the opportunity to learn essential life lessons, such as not reading Mein Kampf unless you have insomnia.

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