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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
July 18
Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

president of South Africa

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Adolf Hitler

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1925

Publication of Mein Kampf

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MORE EVENTS ON THIS DAY

Detroit, Michigan
2013: Detroit submitted a claim for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, the largest such filing for a U.S. city ever; the city officially emerged from bankruptcy the following year. [See our list of nine must-see paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts.]
Nadia Comăneci
1976: For her performance in the uneven parallel bars at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Nadia Comăneci of Romania became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. [Sort fact from fiction in our gymnastics quiz.]
Saint-Lô, France: Church of Notre-Dame
1944: Allied forces captured the French town of Saint-Lô, a vital communications centre, during World War II. [Sort fact from fiction in our World War II quiz.]

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president of South Africa

1967

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American actor and producer

1950

Richard Branson

British entrepreneur

1975

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