On August 18 in
1920 The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women's right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
1958 The novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam's Sons, almost three years after it was originally published in Paris.
1963 James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1969 The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix.
In The Star
August 18, 1939, in The Star: Federal authorities have approved the initiation of a $612,000 housing program in Anniston and have in fact sent along some of the money needed for the work. Walter J. Merrill, executive director of the Anniston Housing Authority, said agents of the authority are negotiating for options on property in Glen Addie, the area tentatively selected for the project. The plot of land is just west of Glen Addie Avenue situated between Fourth and Sixth streets; the option would expire Jan. 1, 1940, but by that point work should have started. The property has an appraised value of $40,000. The project will consist of 166 units of 4-6 rooms each and occupancy will be determined by income level. Also this date: The highway between Anniston and Piedmont is to be improved through work that will widen and resurface it. The three-mile section between the northern city limit and the Fort McClellan gate will be widened and resurfaced by a private company out of Florida, while the 22 miles worth of work from Fort McClellan on up to Piedmont, via Jacksonville, will be done by the state highway department using convict labor.
August 18, 1989, in The Star: Don't expect to see any fancy somersaults or hear any prayers at Anniston High School's home football games this year. The city school board adopted a policy Thursday night prohibiting any acrobatic performances by the school's cheerleaders. And it approved a policy statement promising to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision banning public prayer at high school games. Barbara Childs, school board president, said the new cheerleader policy prohibits any stunt involving more than two people or that uses a device such as a springboard or mini-trampoline. The new rules should have little effect on the Anniston High squad, she said. “As far as I know, we've never had a serious injury. We've not been doing a lot of these things,” Mrs. Childs said.
Birthdays for August 18
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 87. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 79. Actor-director Robert Redford is 78. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 71. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 64. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 62. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 59. Actor Denis Leary is 57. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 53. Actor Christian Slater is 45. Actor Edward Norton is 45. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 44. Actor-comedian Andy Samberg is 36.