Today in History: July 18

Today in History: July 18

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1789

Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.

1812

Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.

1830

Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.

1861

Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.

1872

The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.

1877

Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.

1935

Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.

1936

General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.

1942

The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.

1971

New Zealand and Australia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.

1994

In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.