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This Day in History: July 18

This Day in History: July 18

In 1944, members of the 29th Division entered the recently fallen St. Lo, France. St. Lo had just lost a bloody eight-day battle with Germany, and much of the town was reduced to debris. The 29th Division was the only National Guard division represented at the D-Day landings and was made up of individuals from Maryland and Virginia. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1918: Nelson Mandela, the South African nationalist who ascended to his nation's presidency after the end of apartheid, was born in Umtata, South Africa.

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1932: The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1936: The Spanish Civil War began.

1986: The world got its first look at the remains of the Titanic as videotapes of the British luxury liner, which sank in 1912, were released by researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

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