18 July It Happened Today

1610  Death of Italian artist Caravaggio.

1817  Death of English novelist Jane Austen.

1877  Thomas Edison makes the first recording of  a human voice.

1887  Birth of Norwegian politician and Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling.

1918  Birth of South African politician Nelson Mandela.

1921  Birth of American astronaut John Glenn.

1955  Disneyland in California opens for the first time.

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