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Events - August 18
1587 - An expedition led by Sir Walter Raleigh landed at what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Seven days later, on this day, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parentage to be born in America. Ellinor and Ananias Dare were Baby Virginia’s parents; her grandfather, John White was the governor of the Roanoke Colony. As far as anyone knows, all was well with the little colony. That is, until four years later, when a ship bringing supplies arrived only to find no colony. The settlers, including Virginia Dare, had vanished. No trace was ever found of the lost colony.

1735 - The "Evening Post", of Boston, MA was published for the first time.

1840 - The organization of the American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City. Among the organizers was Dr. Chapin A. Harris of Baltimore, Maryland. Get a root canal to celebrate today.

1896 - Carr Baker Neel and Samuel Neel won the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association’s outdoor men’s-doubles title at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the first time that two brothers had taken the title.

1899 - The Chicago Anti-Cigarette League was formed by Lucy Payne Gaston.

1920 - Women throughout the United States rejoiced, as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave women the right to vote.

1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued. It went to W1XOJ, Boston, MA. The station went on the air as WGTR (General Tire & Rubber) in 1941.

1949 - Ralph Flanagan and his orchestra recorded their first tune on wax, "You’re Breaking My Heart".

1958 - Perez Prado, the ‘Mambo King’, received one of the first gold records awarded by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The single, "Patricia", was certified as having sold over one million copies.

1973 - Jazz drummer Gene Krupa played for the final time with members of the original Benny Goodman Quartet. Krupa, a jazz and big band legend, died on October 6, 1973.

1980 - Kansas City Royals’ slugger George Brett saw his batting average reach the lofty .400 mark. A debate began as to whether Brett could keep up that pace through the end of the season. He couldn’t.

1981 - Rex Harrison brought the award-winning "My Fair Lady" back to Broadway as he recreated the role of Henry Higgins. The play had originally opened in 1956.

1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL went 22 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1. The game had started the previous day and had been postponed, after 17 innings, because of darkness.

1986 - Jim Kelly signed with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League for an estimated $7.5 million (over five years). The contract made the former Houston USFL player the highest paid in the NFL.

1986 - Earl Campbell, the ‘Tyler Rose’, announced his retirement from professional football. Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, played eight seasons in the National Football League and was a star for the Houston Oilers.

1992 - Due to severe back pain, basketball star Larry Bird was forced to retire after 13 years with the Boston Celtics. In those 13 seasons, he was MVP three times, played in 12 all-star games, and scored double figures in points, rebounds, and assists 69 times.

1997 - The Rolling Stones launched their "Bridges to Babylon" album/tour package with a news conference -- and a full production number -- under the Brooklyn Bridge. Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and Keith Richards cruised in from Manhattan in a cherry-red 1955 Cadillac convertible with a police escort leading the way.

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Birthdays - August 18
1587 - Virginia Dare (first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor [or Ellinor/Elyonor] and Ananias Dare; died in 1590; see Dare Day [above]) 1774 - Meriwether Lewis (explorer: team: Lewis and Clark; died of gunshot wounds Oct 11, 1809)

1904 - Max Factor Jr. (cosmetic mogul; died June 7, 1996)

1915 - (Hubert) Max Lanier (baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1942, 1943, 1944/all-star: 1943, 1944], NY Giants, SL Browns; died Jan 30, 2007)

1917 - Caspar W. Weinberger (15th U.S. Secretary of Defense [1981-1987]; chairman: Forbes magazine; (co)author: The Next War; died Mar 28, 2006)

1920 - Bob (Robert Daniel) Kennedy (baseball: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1948], Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers; died Apr 7, 2005)

1920 - Shelley Winters (Schrift) (Academy Award-winning actress: Patch of Blue [1965], The Diary of Anne Frank [1959]; The Poseidon Adventure, A Place in the Sun, The Night of the Hunter, The Pickle; died Jan 14, 2006)

1927 - Rosalynn Carter (Smith) (First Lady: wife of 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter)

1931 - Grant Williams (actor: Escape from Planet Earth, The Incredible Shrinking Man; died July 28, 1985)

1933 - Roman Polanski (director: Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, MacBeth)

1934 - Roberto Clemente (Walker) (Baseball Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder {World Series: 1960, 1971/all-star: 1960 thru 1967, 1969 thru 1972/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1966]; killed in plane crash Dec 31, 1972 while flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims)

1935 - Gail Fisher (Emmy Award-winning actress: Mannix [1969-1970]; died Dec 2, 2000)

1935 - Rafer Johnson (Olympic and National Track and Field Hall of Famer: decathlon gold medalist [1960]; AP Athlete of the Year [1960]; lighted torch at Olympics [1984])

1936 - Robert Redford (actor: All the President’s Men, Quiz Show, The Sting, Sneakers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Out of Africa; Academy Award-winning director: Ordinary People [1980]; A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show)

1939 - Joe (Jose Joaquin Lopez) Azcue (baseball: catcher: Cincinnati Reds, KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1968], Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers)

1939 - Johnny Preston (singer: Running Bear, Cradle of Love; died Mar 4, 2011)

1941 - Christopher Jones (actor: The Looking Glass War, Ryan’s Daughter, Three in the Attic, Wild in the Streets; died Jan 31, 2014)

1941 - Matt Snell (football: NY Jets running back: Super Bowl III)

1943 - Martin Mull (comedian, actor: Roseanne, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Take This Job and Shove It, Portrait of a White Marriage, The History of White People in America)

1943 - Carl Wayne (singer: group: The Move: Night of Fear, I Can Hear the Grass Grow, Flowers in the Rain, Fire Brigade, Wild Tiger Woman, Blackberry Way; ELO: Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Can’t Get It Out of My Head; died Aug 31, 2004)

1950 - Dennis Elliott (musician: drums: group: Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is, Waiting for a Girl like You)

1951 - Greg Pruitt (football: LA Raiders running back: Super Bowl XVIII)

1952 - Elayne Boosler (comedienne, actress: Meatballs Part II, Mother Goose Rock ’n’ Rhyme)

1952 - Patrick Swayze (dancer, actor: Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Father Hood, Red Dawn, Point Break, North and South; died Sep 14, 2009)

1957 - Ron Strykert (musician: guitar: group: Men at Work: Who Can It Be Now, Down Under)

1958 - Madeleine Stowe (actress: Unlawful Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Gangster Wars)

1969 - Edward Norton (actor: Fight Club, American History X, Keeping the Faith, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Score)

1969 - Christian Slater (actor: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Murder in the First, Untamed Heart, Young Guns, Interview with the Vampire)

1970 - Malcolm-Jamal Warner (actor: The Cosby Show, Tyson; writer: Theo & Me)

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Chart Toppers - August 18
1945
If I Loved You - Perry Como
I Wish I Knew - Dick Haymes
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie

1953
No Other Love - Perry Como
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson

1961
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
Last Night - Mar-Keys
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline

1969
In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Workin’ Man Blues - Merle Haggard

1977
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
I’m in You - Peter Frampton
Best of My Love - Emotions
Rollin’ with the Flow - Charlie Rich

1985
Shout - Tears For Fears
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
Highwayman - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson

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