July 18 was the day in history when…
1994: Crayola introduced scented crayons. Colors included Chocolate, Blueberry, Daffodil, Lumber, Soap, and Smoke. There were 16 colors in all, however 13 had to be replaced within a year because parents complained the food scented crayons smelled so good that children were eating them.
1984: A shooting spree in a San Diego McDonald’s left 22 dead including the perpetrator. James Huberty suffered from mental illness and the results of a traumatic childhood. Prior to the massacre, Huberty had made comments to his wife about “hunting humans” and said “society had its chance.” The shooting began at 3:40 pm and lasted for 77 minutes. When it was over, Huberty had killed 21 people and 19 more were injured. The victims ranged from eight months to 74 years. The violence ended when Huberty was shot by a SWAT sniper on the roof of a neighboring building.
Members of the Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball for intentionally “throwing” the World Series. Photo by Gareth Owen
1938: “Wrong Way” Corrigan accidentally flew to Ireland. Douglas Corrigan was an American aviator. After completing a flight from California to New York, his flight plan said he was flying back across the country. Corrigan wound up in Ireland, blaming the mistake on poor light conditions and heavy cloud cover. He had previously been denied a request to fly to Ireland, and many believe that his “mistake” was not so accidental. For his part, “Wrong Way” Corrigan never admitted it publicly.
1921: The Chicago “Black Sox” trial began. Before the 1919 World Series one of the White Sox players, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, hatched a plan with some gamblers to purposely lose the Series. Gandil and several of his teammates planned to split the profit. Although the eight players implicated were found not guilty in their trial, they were all banned from baseball for life.
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Photo by Jacques-Louis David
1967: Vin Diesel- actor
1961: Elizabeth McGovern- actress
1954: Ricky Scaggs- country singer
1940: Joe Torre- athlete, baseball
1918: Nelson Mandela- South African political prisoner/President
1913: Red Skelton- comedian
1862: Napoleon Bonaparte- French pretender to the throne
Notable People Lost:
1997: Eugene Shoemaker- astronomer who co-discovered the Shoemaker-Levy comet which struck Jupiter, died at the age of 69
1989: Rebecca Schaeffer- actress, was shot by a fan at 21
1872: Benito Juarez- Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), died at the age of 66
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