This Day in History on 18 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 18 July. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Nelson Mandela International Day

Important Events

1996 – Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec’s costliest natural disasters ever.
1996 – Battle of Mullaitivu: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam capture the Sri Lanka Army’s base, killing over 1200 soldiers.
2012 – At least seven people are killed and 32 others are injured after a bomb explodes on an Israeli tour bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria.
2013 – The Government of Detroit, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
2019 – A man sets fire to an anime studio in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan, killing at 35 people and injuring dozens of others

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1861 – Kadambini Ganguly, Indian physician, one of the first Indian women to obtain a degree (d. 1923)

1909 – Bishnu Dey, Indian poet, critic, and academic (d. 1982)

1910 – Diptendu Pramanick, Indian businessman (d. 1989)

1935 – Jayendra Saraswathi, Indian guru, 69th Shankaracharya

1946 – Kalpana Mohan, Indian actress

1971 – Sukhwinder Singh, Indian singer-songwriter and actor

1982 – Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer, and film producer

Death/ Death Anniversary

2012 – Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor (b. 1942)


2013 – Vaali, Indian poet, songwriter, and actor (b. 1931)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History