July 18 is the 199th day of the year. There are 166 days remaining until the end of the year.
+ 1914 – The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.
+ 1969 – U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy crashes his car into a tidal basin at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing his passenger, Boiler Room Girl Mary Jo Kopechne.
+ 1992 – A picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.
+ 2013 – The Government of Detroit, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
( Births )
+ 1909 – Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress (d. 1994)
+ 1913 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
+ 1921 – John Glenn, American colonel, astronaut, and politician (d. 2016)
+ 1940 – Joe Torre, American baseball player and manager
+ 1947 – Steve Forbes, American publisher and politician
+ 1950 – Glenn Hughes, American disco singer (Village People) and actor (d. 2001)
+ 1954 – Ricky Skaggs, American singer-songwriter, mandolin player, and producer
+ 1964 – Wendy Williams, American talk show host