On This Day 18 July

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)