Almanac – August 18

1587 – The first child of English parents to be born in the American colonies, a girl named Virginia Dare.

1634 – Urbain Grandier, Catholic priest,  accused and convicted of sorcery, was burned alive in Loudun, France, following the events of the so-called “Loudun Possessions.”
In 1632, a group of nuns from the local Ursuline convent had  accused him of having bewitched them, sending the demon Asmodai, among others, to commit evil and impudent acts with them.

1685 – In the wake of the failed Monmouth Rebellion, Judge Jeffreys began sentencing people to death at what became known as the Bloody Assizes.

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov‘s controversial novel Lolita  published in the United States.

1977 – Steve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest,  bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies.

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