On this day: July 18

POSTED: 03:56 PM PDT Jul 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 17, 2014 

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 - Soufriere Hills Volcano
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National Science Foundation

1995: On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it would devastate the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee.

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