Monday, July 18, 2005
1811: Novelist William Makepeace Thackeray is born, the son of an East India Company employee, at Calcultta (now Kolkata), India.
1867: A Parisian gardener, F. Joseph Monier, receives a patent for reinforced concrete. The insertion of steel rods makes the stuff useful for large projects for the first time.
1872: Oaxaca lawyer Benito Juárez, who rose from being a domestic servant who could not speak Spanish to being twice President of Mexico, dies at his desk in the National Palace in Mexico City.
1936: The first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolls out of the General Body Co. factory in Chicago.
1947: President Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act, providing that in the event the offices of President and Vice President become vacant, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall become president, followed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and then members of the Cabinet in the order that their departments were created.
1950: British entrepreneur Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is born at Sharnley Green, Surrey. In 1970, at age 20, he'll begin his Virgin Group empire by starting small mail-order record store.
1968: Two former employees of Fairchild Semiconductor, Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, incorporate their new business, which they call Intel Corp.
1969: Follow a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward Kennedy drives his Oldsmobile off a bridge.
1969: Under pressure from the NFL, football star Joe Namath gets out of the nightclub business by selling his interest in New York's Bachelors III.
1986: One of the most profitable movies made to date, the $18 million Aliens, opens in theaters. Star Sigourney Weaver, a gun control advocate, says she's troubled about making a movie glorifying gun violence, but she gets over it.
1994: The U.S. Senate Guido Calabresi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit