On July 18, A.D. 64,

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the painter Car­avag­gio (born Michelangelo Merisi) died in what is now Italy’s Tus­cany re­gion; he was in his late 30s.

Amer­i­can naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris; he was 45.

Bri­tish nov­el­ist Wil­liam Make­peace Thack­eray (“Van­ity Fair”) was born in Cal­cutta.

nov­el­ist Jane Austen died in Winch­ester, Eng­land; she was 41.

Britain in­tro­duced the con­cept of vot­ing by se­cret bal­lot. Mex­i­can pres­i­dent and rev­o­lu­tion­ary Ben­ito Juarez died in Mex­ico City; he was 66.

Also in 1872

ac­tor Hume Cronyn was born in Lon­don, On­tario.

co­me­dian Red Skel­ton was born Richard Bernard Skel­ton in Vin­cennes, Ind.

Nel­son Man­dela, the South African na­tion­al­ist who as­cended to his na­tion’s pres­i­dency af­ter the end of apartheid, was born in Um­tata, South Africa.

Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time in his ca­reer.

blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was born in Cleve­land.

the United States and Canada signed a treaty to de­velop the St. Lawrence In 1936 the Span­ish Civil War be­gan.

jour­nal­ist Hunter S. Thomp­son was born in Louisville, Ky.

the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Chicago nom­i­nated Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt for an un­prece­dented third term in of­fice.

Hideki Tojo stepped down as Ja­panese pre­mier and war min­is­ter be­cause of set­backs suf­fered by his coun­try in World War II.

Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man signed the 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 car driven by Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chap­paquid­dick Is­land near Martha’s Vine­yard; pas­sen­ger Mary Jo Kopechne died.

a gun­man opened fire at a McDon­ald’s restau­rant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 peo­ple be­fore be­ing shot dead by po­lice.

Wal­ter Mon­dale won the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in San Fran­cisco.

Also in 1984

the world got its first look at the re­mains of the Ti­tanic as video­tapes of the Bri­tish lux­ury liner, which sank in 1912, were re­leased by re­searchers from Woods Hole Oceano­graphic

Texas Trea­surer Ann Richards de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress at the Demo­cratic na­tional con­ven­tion in At­lanta, needling Repub­li­can nom­i­nee-ap­par­ent George H.W. Bush as hav­ing been “born with a sil­ver foot in his mouth.”

ac­tress Re­becca Scha­ef­fer, 21, was shot to death at her Los An­ge­les home by ob­sessed fan Robert Bardo, who was later sen­tenced to life in prison.

Dr. Karl Men­ninger, the dom­i­nant fig­ure in Amer­i­can psy­chi­a­try for six decades, died in Topeka, Kan., four days short of his 97th birth­day. a car bomb de­stroyed a Jewish com­mu­nity cen­ter in Buenos Aires, killing 95 peo­ple. Tutsi rebels de­clared an end to Rwanda’s 14-week-old civil war.

1994

res­i­dents along the north­ern coast of Pa­pua New Guinea were left reel­ing the day af­ter a 23-foot-high ti­dal wave hit, killing an es­ti­mated 3,000 peo­ple.

shrug­ging off a veto threat from Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, the Se­nate voted 61-38 in fa­vor of elim­i­nat­ing the so-called mar­riage penalty by cut­ting taxes for vir­tu­ally ev­ery mar­ried cou­ple.

Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., died in At­lanta; he was 61.

2000 Also in Also in

Todd Hamil­ton gained a play­off vic­tory over Ernie Els to win the Bri­tish Open. for­mer En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency chief Anne Gor­such Bur­ford died in Aurora, Colo.; she was 62.

Also in 2004

Eric Ru­dolph was sen­tenced in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., to life in prison for an abor­tion clinic bomb­ing that killed an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer and maimed a nurse. re­tired Gen. Wil­liam West­more­land died in Charleston, S.C.; he was 91.

Also in 2005

it was an­nounced that the John Han­cock Ob­ser­va­tory in Chicago was be­ing sold to Mont­par­nasse 56 Group, a Paris-based ob­ser­va­tion-deck op­er­a­tor.

Detroit cited $18 bil­lion in debt and filed for bankruptcy, the largest city in U.S. his­tory to do so.

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