Today in history – August 18

1227 – The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.

1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil in the Roanoke Colony.

1590 – John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.

1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.

1963 – James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1969 – The Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.

1991 – Soviet hardliners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev.