CMN Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 18th, the 200th day of the year. There are 166

Martha Reeves
Martha Reeves

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Hot Dog Month,

National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, Unlucky

Month for Weddings, National Caviar Day


Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams

Martha Reeves, 83, singer (Martha & the Vandellas)

Anne-Marie Johnson, 65, actress

Wendy Williams, 60, talk show host

Penny Hardaway, 53, basketball player

Derek Anderson, 50, basketball player

Penny Hardaway
Penny Hardaway

Tori Hunter, 48, baseball player

Jason Weaver, 44, actor

Deion Branch, 45, football player


Nelson Mandela, 106, President of South Africa (d. 2013)

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 95, singer (d. 2000)

“Papa” Dee Allen, 93, percussionist (War) (d. 1988)

Calvin Peete, 81, golfer (d. 2015)

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela



1753 – Lemuel Haynes, escapes from slave holder in Framingham Mass.

1863 – Civil War: 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.

1899 – L.C. Bailey is issued a patent for the folding bed.

54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment
54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment

1905 – Granville T. Woods receives a patent for railway brakes.

1951 – Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion.

1959 – 1st black to win a major golf tournament (William Wright).

1970 – Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits.

1998 – African American Civil War Soldiers Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.


You experience the planetary influence of two planets. The first being the moon, which is a testament to your sensitivity and emotional perceptiveness. Your second planetary influence comes from Neptune, which is reflected in your powerful imagination and connection to all that spiritual and supernatural. This unique combination is the cause for your dream inspired, romanticized way of dealing with the world. You often find yourself lost in fantasy, especially in relation to your love life. As it is possible to feel disappointment when reality doesn’t quite live up to reality, your optimism can help lift your spirits. While you love companionship and take great satisfaction from it, you must also give yourself time alone to explore your thoughts and true feelings. Take care to avoid too much fantasy, as you may begin to rely to heavily on it for your happiness.