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On July the 18th
The Soufriere Hills volcano, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, erupted. The eruption forced most of the island's population to flee. To this day it is one of the most closely monitored volcano's in the world.
A bomb explosion in Buenos Aires killed 85 people. The target of the bombing was a building housing several Jewish organizations.
In a MacDonalds fast-food restaurant at San Diego, California, James Oliver Huberty, opened fire and killed 21 people and injured 19 others before being shot dead by police.
Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, became the first ever gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 at the Olympic Games. She was 14 years old at the time.
The Intel Corporation was founded by semiconductor engineers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.
American actor, Vin Diesel, was born in New York City. He worked as a bouncer before becoming an actor and it was in that profession he adopted the name Vin Diesel. His real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent.
The Soviet Union launched the Zond 3 probe. Its mission was to complete a lunar flyby while taking photographs of the moon. It was the first of this series of Soviet spacecraft to successfully complete its mission.
British entrepreneur, Richard Branson, was born in Shamley Green, Surrey. He is known worldwide for his Virgin brand of products and services.
Australian athlete, Shirley Strickland, was born in Northam, Western Australia. She is considered as one of the great female runners of the 20th century who won medals in three different Olympic Games (1948, 1952, and 1956). She won more Olympic medals than any other Australian runner (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze).
Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto, Mein Kampf. It was an autobiography as well as a presentation of Hitler's political ideology, Nazism.
Soviet politician, Andrei Gromyko, was born in village of Starie Gromiki. He was one of the most important post-war Soviet politicians who was one of the top negotiators between the United States and the Soviet Union during the cold war era.
Scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie, announced the discovery of a new element and proposed to call it polonium.
Bulgarian revolutionary, Vasil Levski, was born in Karlovo. He is one of Bulgaria's greatest national heroes, who led the revolution of Bulgaria against Ottoman rule.
English novelist, Jane Austen, died at the age of 41. She is widely acknowledged as one of the most important authors of English literature and is most known for the classics, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.
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