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July 18 in History

Update: July, 18/2012 - 08:56



Death of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, one of the greatest Italian painters.


William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist and poet, author of the Vanity Fair, is born in India. He died in 1863.


Death of Jane Austen, English novelist who wrote Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.


The Vatican Council declares the Dogma of Papal Infallibility in matters of morals and faith.


Death of Benito Pablo Juarez, national hero of Mexico and three times president.


Birth of South African nationalist leader Nelson Mandela. Leader of the African National Council (ANC), he was imprisoned from 1962-90, then led the ANC to election victory in 1994 and was the country's president until 1999.


The British Matrimonial Causes Act gives women equality in divorce suits.


The Spanish Civil War begins in the early hours of the morning with a revolt at Melilla in Spanish Morocco.


Representatives of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics sign the first commercial treaty between the two countries.


Six Trucial States, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Ajman and Fujeirah, decide to form the Union of Arab Emirates.


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns and dissolves parliament, leading to general elections.


US astronomer Eugene Shoemaker, dies at 69 in a car crash in outback Australia. He helped to discover the giant Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet which slammed into the planet Jupiter in 1994.


Nearly 300 striking doctors in Zimbabwe ignore government demands for them to return to hospital wards, deepening a crisis in the African nation's health system which has seen qualified staff fleeing the country in droves for jobs that pay up to six times more abroad.


Pakistan and Afghanistan seal a landmark trade deal as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pushes the two neighbours to step up civilian cooperation and work together against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. — REUTERS/AP

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