Saturday, September 25, 2010
July 18th in History
587 or 586 BCE, destruction of Solomon's Temple, aka the First Temple built on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, which housed the Ark of the Covenant. Completed in around 960 BCE, it was destroyed hundreds of years later by the Babylonians and the Jewish nation was exiled in captivity to Babylon in three separate deportations. Religious and secular sources differ somewhat on the years. The event is commemorated by the fast of Tisha B'Av.
1914 – The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving definite status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.
1936 – In Spanish Morocco, military rebels attempt a coup d'état against the legitimacy of the Spanish government, leading to the Spanish Civil War.
1940 -The Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.
1944 – World War II: Hideki Tojo resigns as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort.
1966 – Gemini 10 launched, left.