Once Upon A Time – August 18 – 1868 – French Astronomer Pierre Janssen Discovers Helium In Solar Spectrum During Eclipse

1737 First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris

1838 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica

1914 US President Woodrow Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality”

1919 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois

1920 22-year-old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee’s and thus America’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women’s suffrage after letter from his mother

1940 Battle of Britain: The air battle known as “The Hardest Day” occurs; Luftwaffe lose approximately 69 aircraft and the RAF lose 68 in one of the largest ever air battles

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

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1926 Weather map televised for 1st time

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2008 Belarus weightlifter Andrei Aramnau breaks 3 world records, for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total, on the way to winning the men’s 105kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics

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1868 French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

1817 60-70ft sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1572 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries Margaret of Valois in Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, in attempt to make truce between Catholics and Protestants but prompts St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre days later

1782 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher (19) in St. Mary’s Church, Battersea, London

1918 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

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