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Thursday, July 18th 2019

Today is the 199th day of 2019.  There are 166 days left in this year.


What Happened On This Day In History?

1536 The authority of the pope was declared void in England.
1872 Britain introduced the concept of voting by secret ballot.
1927 Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time in his major league baseball career.
1932 The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1936 The Spanish Civil War began as Gen. Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish North Africa.
1944 Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.
1947 President 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.
1969 A car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
1984 A gunman opened fire at a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.
1989 Actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by an obsessed fan. The killing prompted California in 1990 to pass the nation's first anti-stalking law.
1998 A 23-foot tidal wave along the coast of Papua New Guinea killed nearly 3,000 people.
1999 David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Montreal Expos - only the 14th time the feat has been accomplished.

Died on this day

1792 American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.
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