July 18: The Day Earth Erupted (Part 1: Man Made Mayhem)

July 18:  The Day Earth Erupted
(Part 1 Man Made Mayhem)

July 18 is a day marked by the enormous devastation caused by both God and man.  We start with the man made mayhem and address the natural disasters in Part 2.


Second Battle of Ft. Wagner

Second Battle of Fort Wagner – one of the first formal African American military units, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, supported by several white regiments, attempts an unsuccessful assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner.   The 54th was decimated by the battle  but they were hailed for their valor which led to greater recruitment of African-Americans to fight for the Union which strengthened the North’s numeric superiority.

The assault was depicted in the movie “Glory”.


Start of Spanish Civil War

An army uprising in Spanish Morocco starts Spanish Civil War, which is often called the dress rehearse for World War II both in terms of parties involved and devastation.

The war also has many famous depictions in both art and propaganda posters.

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Plan de Sánchez Massacre

At lest 268 campesinos (“peasants” or “country people”) are slain in the Plan de Sánchez massacre in Ríos Montt’s Guatemala.


San Ysidro McDonald’s Massacre

The San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre was a mass shooting that occurred in and around a McDonald’s restaurant in the San Diego neighborhood of San Ysidro. The perpetrator, 41-year-old James Huberty, shot and killed 21 people and injured 19 others before being fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper.


Rebecca Schaeffer Murder

Rebecca Schaeffer, who was a rising young Hollywood star, was fatally shot in the doorway of her West Hollywood apartment building by an obsessed fan who had been stalking her for three years. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder. Schaeffer’s death helped prompt the 1990 passage of America’s first anti-stalking laws, in California.


AMIA Bombing

The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires which is home the largest Jewish community in Latin America.  The bombing was Argentina’s deadliest – killing 85.  Some claim Iran and/or Hezbollah were involved in the attack, but nobody has been prosecuted to date.

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