On this day: July 18

Published: Jul 17 2012 06:56:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Detroit bankruptcy
1 / 50
Haljackey/Wikimedia Commons

2013: The city government of Detroit, Michigan, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, exceeding the $4 billion filing by Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2011. Detroit is also the largest city by population in the U.S. history to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, more than twice as large as Stockton, California, which filed in 2012.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • angry man with road rage

    iStock / Spauln

    20 most annoying drivers

    A survey reveals which drivers and driving behaviors Americans find most annoying.

On this Day

  • First Blood, Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Orion Pictures

    On this day: October 22

    The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, The Supremes top the charts, and "First Blood" dominates the box office, all on this day.