July 18th

2013
Government of Detroit declares bankruptcy. The city, which was up to $20 billion in debt, became the largest municipal entity in the United States to declare bankruptcy.
Detroit bankruptcy
2012
Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army.
Kim Jong-un
2011
Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen.
Petraeus scandal
2005
An unrepentant 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.
1999
David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched the 14th perfect game in modern major league baseball history in a game against the Montreal Expos.
List of Major League Baseball perfect games
1998
A 23-foot tsunami along the coast of Papua New Guinea killed nearly 3,000 people.
List of historical tsunamis
1993
Agathe Uwilingiyimana elected as Prime Minister of Rwanda. Rwanda's only female prime minister's tenure was cut short when she was assassinated at the outset of the Rwandan genocide.
Agathe Uwilingiyimana
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.).
Rebecca Schaeffer
1976
14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score, a ten, at the Olympics and went on to score six more tens and win three gold medals.
Perfect 10 (gymnastics)
1969
A car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
Chappaquiddick incident
1968
Intel is founded. Founded in Santa Clara, California, the Intel corporation is the world's largest semiconductor chip manufacturer.
Intel
1947
President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.
Presidential Succession Act
1936
Spanish Civil War : General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leds uprising with army in Morocco.
Spanish coup of July 1936
1927
Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,000th career hit.
Ty Cobb
1925
Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy 'Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice').
1918
Nelson Mandela, a leading anti-apartheid figure and South Africa's first black president, was born in Mvezo.
Nelson Mandela
1872
Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.
Ballot Act 1872
1870
The first Vatican Council, also known as Vatican I, decrees the doctrine of Papal infallibility. The doctrine claims that the Pope cannot err when speaking on issues of morality and/ or faith.
First Vatican Council
1536
Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.
English Reformation
64
A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.
Nero