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 the IAS Exam.

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

Important Days

Nelson Mandela International Day

Important Events

1857: Establishment of Mumbai University.

1925: Adolf Hitler published an autobiographical book, Mein Kampf.

1947: The Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British Parliament on July 4, 1947, based on the Mountbatten Plan presented on June 3, 1947. It was approved by the emperor on 18July 1947.

1968: Intel was founded in California.

1980: Rohini-1, a completely India-made satellite, was placed in Earth orbit.

1992: A picture of Les Horribles Cernrttes was taken, which became the first-ever photo posted on the World Wide Web.

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

Kadambini Ganguly
Bishnu Dey

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1811: William Makepeace Thackeray, an English novelist, author, and illustrator.

1848: Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh, the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir.

Diptendu Pramanick
Kalpana Mohan

1861: Kadambini Ganguly, one of the first two female physicians from India.

1909: Bishnu Dey, a Bengali poet, and writer.

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

Sukhwinder Singh

1918: Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist.

1919: Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the twenty-fifth maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.

1927: Mehdi Hasan, a Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer.

1935: Jayendra Saraswathi, Indian guru, 69th Shankaracharya

Priyanka Chopra

1946: Kalpana Mohan, Indian actress

1950: Richard Branson, an English business magnate, investor, author, and former philanthropist.

1955: Pradeep Kumar Sinha, the 31st Cabinet Secretary of India.

1971: Sukhwinder Singh, an Indian playback singer.

1972: Soundarya, an Indian actress.

1982: Priyanka Chopra, an Indian actress, singer, and film producer.

1989: Bhumi Pednekar, an Indian actress.

Rajesh Khanna

1996: Smriti Mandhana, an Indian cricketer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1817: Jane Austen, an English novelist.

1969: Annabhau Sathe, a social reformer, folk poet, and writer.


1974: S. V. Ranga Rao, an Indian film actor, director and producer.

2012: Rajesh Khanna, an Indian actor, film producer, and politician.
2013: Vaali, Indian poet, songwriter, and actor (b. 1931)

Further Reading

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