On this day in history, July 18

On this day in history, July 18

On this day in history, July 18

Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year.

In 1610, the Italian painter Caravaggio died.

In 1925, "Mein Kampf," written by later German dictator Adolf Hitler while in jail, was published.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War between Fascists and Republicans began.

In 1955, Disneyland opened at Anaheim, California.

In 1969, an Oldsmobile driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy crashed into the Chappaquidick River near Martha's Vineyard. Kennedy escaped but Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.

In 1995, Divine Brown, the Los Angeles prostitute arrested with actor Hugh Grant, pleaded not guilty to a charge of lewd conduct and sought a trial.

In 1997, around 100 people have been killed in heavy floods in Poland, eastern Germany, and the Czech Republic.

In 1998, a 23-foot tidal wave along the coast of Papua New Guinea killed nearly 3,000 people.

In 2003, the body of British scientist David Kelly, a weapons expert at the center of a storm over British intelligence on Iraq, was found. He had committed suicide.
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