spotlight Highlights from history: August 18 Aug 18, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1587: Virginia Dare In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1920: 19th Amendment 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. STF 1963: James Meredith On August 18, 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi. JIM BOURDIER 1969: Woodstock In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix. Bob Scott 1983: Hurricane Alicia In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars' worth of damage. Ron Heflin 1993: Kimberly Mays In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, in accordance with her stated wishes. (However, Kimberly later moved in with the Twiggs.) CHRIS O'MEARA 1995: Shannon Faulkner In 1995, Shannon Faulkner, who'd won a 2 1/2-year legal battle to become the first female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary. GABRIEL B.TAIT 2004: Paul Hamm In 2004, in Athens, Paul Hamm (hahm) won the men's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever in the event; controversy followed after it was discovered a scoring error cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the title. AMY SANCETTA 2009: Barack Obama & Hosni Mubarak Ten years ago: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk), during his first visit to Washington in five years, offered lavish praise for President Barack Obama; for his part, Obama spoke of an "extraordinary opportunity" for making peace in the Middle East. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2009: Kim Dae-jung Ten years ago: Former South Korean President and Nobel Peace laureate Kim Dae-jung (kihm day-joong) died in Seoul. AHN YOUNG-JOON 2009: Robert Novak Ten years ago: Robert Novak, the combative TV and newspaper pundit, died in Washington, D.C., at 78. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2014: Ferguson, Missouri Five years ago: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. Marcio Jose Sanchez 2017: Steve Bannon In 2017, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's top White House strategist, was forced out of his post by Trump; Bannon returned immediately as executive chairman to Breitbart News, which he led before joining Trump's campaign. Ross D. Franklin 2018: Kofi Annan One year ago: Kofi Annan (KOH'-fee AN'-nan), the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general, died at the age of 80. Charlie Neibergall Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Test your lawn care IQ promotion spotlight Could you pass a U.S. civics test? More Latest Local Offers Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate Looking to Buy or Sell a Home?