Hitler Publishes Mein Kampf……
July 18, 1925……
Adolf Hitler, the future German leader, publishes Volume 1 of Mein Kampf (German for “My Struggle”). It described how Hitler became anti-Semitic and outlined his political ideology and future plans for Germany. It became a German bestseller, earning Hitler about 1.2 million Reichsmarks by 1933 (over 200 times the German average annual income). Hitler wrote it while in prison for an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government during the Beer Hall Putsch. Volume 2 was published the following year.
Civil War – First African American to Earn the Medal of Honor
July 18, 1863
During the assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, Former slave and Union Sgt. William Harvey Carney, despite serious wounds, struggled across the battlefield carrying the Union flag. For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900. His citation reads, “When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.”
Although his were the first actions for which a Medal of Honor was awarded to an African American, he wasn’t awarded his medal until 1900, during which time other African Americans had received their award for actions which occurred after his heroics.
It is believed he escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad.
This battle is portrayed in the film Glory (1989).
Infallibility of the Pope
July 18, 1870
The Doctrine of Papal Infallibility is proclaimed by the Vatican Council and Pope Pius IX. This dogma of the Catholic Church states that, by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error when he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church. This holds not only that the Pope does not make errors, but that it is impossible for him to make an error.
“In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”
by Voltaire (1764)
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