On this day: July 18

POSTED: 03:56 PM PDT Jul 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 17, 2016 

A Nobel Peace Prize winner and astronaut are born, a gymnast reaches Olympic perfection, and an epic superhero hits summer theaters, all on this day.

OTD July 18 - Ted Kennedy
19 / 49
U.S. Senate

1969: After a party on Martha's Vineyard's Chappaquiddick Island, Sen. Ted Kennedy drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies. On July 25, Kennedy would plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence of two months in jail.


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