On This Day –July 18
|1872||Britain introduced the concept of voting by secret ballot.|
|1940||The Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.|
|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.|
|2003||Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa. (The charge was later dropped because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.)|
Kristin Bell, 30, actress (“Veronica Mars,” Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical), born Detroit, MI, July 18, 1980.
Vin Diesel, 43, actor (XXX, The Fast and the Furious, Pitch Black), born Mark Vincent at New York, NY, July 18, 1967.
Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, 38, former basketball player, born Memphis, TN, July 18, 1972.
Former South African president
#1 Song Today, July 18th in the 80s:
|1988||Hold On to the Nights||Richard Marx|
|1985||A View to a Kill||Duran Duran|
|1984||When Doves Cry||Prince|
|1983||Every Breath You Take||The Police|
|1982||Eye of the Tiger||Survivor|
|1981||Bette Davis Eyes||Kim Carnes|
|1980||It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me||Billy Joel|
Mr. Know it All (useless info of the day)
Men can lactate too
It’s exceptionally rare, but since men possess mammary glands just like women do, they have the capacity to produce milk. When male lactation happens, it’s usually because of hormonal treatments for diseases like cancer.
Fact or Fiction
If a bullet is fired through the fuselage of a plane at altitude, it can cause explosive decompression and tear the plane apart…
Despite what you may have seen in the movies, a bullet hole is too small to cause a commercial airliner to pop like a balloon. Even a hole the size of a window would not cause the plane to rip apart in midair. While there have been unfortunate instances of decompression where passengers were sucked out of a faulty door or window that blew out during a flight, the plane maintained its integrity and landed safely.
Reason to party today – coz it’s happy hour somewhere in the world.
First Perfect Score in Olympic History
July 18, 1976. At the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first “10” in Olympic history with her flawless performance of the compulsory exercise on the uneven bars. The scoreboard displayed a “1.00” because it couldn’t go up to “10.” Comaneci had seven total perfect scores and won five medals, including the gold for all-around performance. Four months previous to the Olympics, Comaneci had earned the first perfect score in international gymnastics competition history.
National Ice Cream Day
July 18. To promote America’s favorite dessert, ice cream, on “Sundae Sunday.” Annually, the third Sunday in July.
Moment of Zen
“Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality.Practical dreamers do not quit.” –Napoleon Hill