Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who was facing impeachment, announces his resignation as President. Indirect presidential elections will be held within 30 days. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7567451.stm
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Australia: The first person convicted under new anti-terrorism laws has been acquitted on appeal. Jack Thomas was convicted in March on two counts of receiving funds from a terrorist network and for carrying a falsified passport. According to //www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200608/s1718664.htm
ABC News his 5-year sentence was today quashed by the Victorian Court of Appeal, which ruled information obtained during an interview with Australian Federal Police Officers in Pakistan, conducted without legal representation and under threat of torture, was inadmissible.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Thursday, August 18, 1994
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John Major announces the creation of the Iraqi no-fly zones.
August 19–21 ndash In response to the murder of a judge, a provincial police chief, and presidential candidate Galán, the authorities of Colombia arrest 11,000 suspected Colombian drug traffickers.
All of Australia's 1,645 domestic airline pilots resign over an airline's move to sack and sue them over a dispute.
Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
Thursday, August 18, 1988
The Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana nominates George H.W. Bush for President and Dan Quayle for Vice President of the United States of America.
Wednesday, August 18, 1976
Two charter buses push into the Hida River
on National Highway Route 41 in Japan, in an accident caused by heavy rain 104 are killed.
Thursday, August 18, 1966
Wednesday, August 18, 1965
Vietnam War ndash Operation Starlite: 5,500 United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in Quang Ngai Province, in the first major American ground battle of the war. The Marines were tipped-off by a Viet Cong deserter who said that there was an attack planned against the U.S. base at Chu Lai.
Cable 243: In the wake of the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, the Kennedy administration orders the US Embassy, Saigon to explore alternative leadership in South Vietnam, opening the way towards a coup against Diem.
American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
Xa Loi Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalise Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.
Wednesday, August 18, 1948
WWII: Submarine "Rasher" sinks "Teia Maru", "Eishin Maru", "Teiyu Maru", and carrier
Adolf Hitler orders a temporary halt to Nazi Germany's systematic euthanasia of the mentally ill and handicapped due to protests. However, graduates of the T-4 Euthanasia Program are then transferred to concentration cs, where they continue in their trade.
WWII: Winston Churchill pays tribute in the House of Commons to the Royal Air Force: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Leon Trotsky is attacked with an ice axe in his Mexico home by NKVD agent Ramón Mercader.
The Bolshevik fleet at Kronstadt, near Petrograd, Russia, on the Baltic Sea, is mostly destroyed by German warplanes and torpedo boats in a combined operation.
Saturday, August 18, 1917
Thursday, August 18, 1904
Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid.
Thursday, August 18, 1892
The Married Women's Property Act 1882 receives royal assent in Britain it enables women to buy, own and sell property and to keep their own earnings.
Saturday, August 18, 1877
The element later named as helium is first detected in the spectrum of the Sun's chromosphere by French astronomer Jules Janssen during a total eclipse in Guntur, India, but assumed to be sodium.
Thursday, August 18, 1864
American Civil War ndash Battle of Globe Tavern: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, forcing the Confederates to use wagons.
The Canadian ship SS "Royal William" sets out from Pictou, Nova Scotia on a 25-day passage of the Atlantic Ocean largely under steam to Gravesend, Kent, England.
Thursday, August 18, 1825
Josef II becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
Saturday, August 18, 1759
Battle of Lagos
: The British fleet of Edward Boscawen
defeats a French force under Commodore Jean-François de La Clue-Sabran off the Portuguese coast.
Thursday, August 18, 1746
Two of the four rebellious Scottish lords, Earl of Kilmarnock
and Lord Balmeniro, are beheaded in the Tower
(Lord Lovat was executed in 1747
Saturday, August 18, 1708
War of the Spanish Succession: Capture of Minorca
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Saturday, August 18, 1590
, governor of the Colony of Roanoke
, returns from a supply-trip to England and finds his settlement deserted. After the unsuccessful search, he returns to England on October 24
According to legend, Saul Wahl is deposed.
Polish and Lithuanian nobles elect Sigismund III Vasa as their king.
Friday, August 8, 1572 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, August 8, 1568 (Julianian calendar)
The Third War of Religion
begins in France after an unsuccessful attempt by the Royalists to capture Condé
and Coligny, the Huguenot leaders.
Saturday, August 9, 1477 (Julianian calendar)
Mary of Burgundy marries Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor in Ghent, bringing her Flemish and Burgundian lands into the Holy Roman Empire and detaching them from France.
Saturday, August 17, 440 (Julianian calendar)
Pope Sixtus III dies after a 8-year reign in which he has resisted heresy and sponsored major construction programs in Rome. He is succeeded by Leo I as the 45th pope.