On this day
The Battle of Fort Wagner came to an end.
In 1863, the final day of the Battle of Fort Wagner during the American Civil War took place. The Union Army suffered heavy casualties during the battle, which is also known to many as the Second Assault on Morris Island. It’s the subject of several famous paintings and artworks.
Hitler published Mein Kampf.
Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader of Nazi Germany, published the first infamous volume of his manifesto, Mein Kampf, on July 18th, 1925. The book would receive bans all over the world but would provide the roots for Nazism heading towards the 1930s. Hitler and the Nazis would eventually commit mass genocide and ignite World War II.
Intel was born.
In 1968, the Intel Corporation was founded in Santa Clara, California. It was created by Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andrew Grove. Intel is, of course, famous for developing processors for laptops and desktop computers everywhere. Without Intel, we’d arguably be further behind in the technological revolution than expected.
A volcano erupted in Montserrat!
In 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano in Montserrat erupted! The eruption triggered a series of eruptions that devastated the island's southern half. What’s interesting about this particular volcano is that it was dormant for a long time – and has only started erupting again in the three decades since.
Special Days Falling on July 18thWhether or not July 18th is a big day for you, there are plenty of reasons to still mark the occasion in the calendar. Here are some interesting occasions you’ll want to keep in mind.
Uruguay Constitution Day
July 18th is a hugely important date for Uruguayans, as it’s “Jura de la Constitucion de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay.” It’s an occasion where Uruguayan nationals mark the first establishment of their national constitution. While only in force between 1830 and 1918, the date marks a hugely important step forward in the establishment of national identity for the country. The constitution has since been replaced.
World Listening Day
Are you more of a listener than a talker? In honor of Canadian musician, composer, and environmentalist Raymond Murray Schafer, we mark today as an occasion to listen carefully to soundscapes and acoustics – Schafer was a master of the soundscape in particular, and his intricate compositions demand careful listening! What’s more, today is a great day to listen to others (if you do more of the talking)!
Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela was a remarkable figure who famously stood up against South Africa’s devastating apartheid practices, spending years in prison for his cause. Mandela would eventually walk free, and even become South Africa’s first-ever President elected via democracy. Today, millions of people celebrate his birthday by remembering his work.