Daily Calendar for Friday, August 18, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Friday, August 18, 2023


  • Genghis Kahn (Mongol leader) –
  • Elmer Bernstein (composer) –


  • Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark expedition) –
  • Rosalynn Smith Carter (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Roberto Clemente (baseball player) –
  • Robert Redford (actor) –
  • Martin Mull (actor) –
  • Patrick Swayze (actor) –
  • Denis Leary (actor) –
  • Edward Norton (actor) –
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (actor) –
  • Andy Samberg (actor) –


  • Virginia Dare, daughter of Ananias and Eleanor Dare, was born in Roanoke, becoming the first child to be born in America of English parents–
  • John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returned from a trip to England for supplies and found his settlement deserted–
  • Charles Wilkes began expedition to South Pole–
  • Begole, Johnson, and Lucas summited Mt. Whitney, Sierra Nevada, California–
  • Sir H. C. K. Petty-Fitzmaurice, Lord Lansdowne, named governor-general of Canada–
  • Plant patent #1 granted for climbing rose–
  • Ringo Starr joined The Beatles–
  • Woodstock Festival ended, Bethel, New York–
  • 12-year old Samantha Druce swam the English Channel–
  • Boston Celtics player Larry Bird announced his retirement–
  • Lucy, a 4-year old dog from Peterborough, New Hampshire, became the first paralyzed dog to walk the entire 7.6-mile Auto Road up Mount Washington. (She was also the first handicapped canine to attempt the trek.) It took her six hours and two minutes.–
  • Lisette and Walter Kimmel, both 100, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary–
  • Starman Tesla completed its first orbit around the Sun–


  • Hailstorms destroyed corn crops in southeastern Iowa–
  • Hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast–
  • Between approximately 9:55 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., a strong thunderstorm in New York City brought wind gusts of up to an estimated 80 miles per hour and up to 3/4” of rain. Straight-line winds knocked over more than 100 trees in Central Park and damaged hundreds more. According to the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy, it was the worst destruction of the park’s trees in at least 30 years. Manhattan, the Bronx, and the northern part of Queens were especially hard hit. Penny-size hail was reported in the Bronx and in Hoboken, New Jersey.–

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