August 18th

2008
Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan amid efforts by opposition lawmakers to seek his impeachment.
Asif Ali Zardari
2005
Indonesia suffers a Massive Power Outage. Thought to be one of the biggest power outages in recent history, the Java-Bali outage affected about 100 million people. Electricity was restored to most areas within 6 hours.
2005 Java–Bali blackout
1997
Virginia Military Institute admitted a female student for the first time in its 158-year history.
Kemper Military School
1991
Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea.
1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt
1988
Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was nominated as George H.W. Bush's running mate during the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
Dan Quayle
1983
Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than a billion dollars in damage.
1970 Atlantic hurricane season
1969
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., concluded with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix
1963
James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
James Meredith
1960
The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg.
The Beatles in Hamburg
1958
Lolita is First Published in the US. The highly controversial novel written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabakov detailed an adult man’s obsession over 12-year-old Dolores Haze, who he secretly calls Lolita.
Lolita
1940
Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day' Luftwaffe lose 69 aircraft, the RAF 68 in largest ever air battle.
The Hardest Day
1936
Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca was shot and killed by Franco's soldiers during the Spanish Civil War .
Federico García Lorca
1920
The State of Tennessee Passes the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This action by the Tennessee legislature brought the number of states passing the 19th amendment to 36 and provided the necessary majority to ratify the amendment, which extended universal suffrage to women.
Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
1914
President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
Diplomatic history of World War I
1894
Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Jane Addams
1877
Martian Moon Phobos is Discovered. One of the two natural satellites of Mars, Phobos, was discovered by American astronomer Asaph Hall. Hall also discovered Deimos, the other Martian Moon. Named after the Greek God of fear, Phobos orbits only 3700 miles from the surface of Mars, making it the Moon to orbit closest to its planet in the Solar System. Because of this, Phobos completes an orbit around Mars in 7 hours and 39 minutes.
Moons of Mars
1846
U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
Capture of Santa Fe
1612
The Pendle witch trials begin. 11 people - 9 women and 2 men - are tried for practising witch craft in one of UK's most well documented and followed witch trials. The trial lasts for two days and 10 of the accused are found guilty and executed on August 20.
Pendle witches
1587
Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C.
Virginia Dare
1227
Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China.
Genghis Khan