Flashback: What Happened on August 18, ....
• 1747 George Washington was employed surveying lands for Lord Fairfax on the Upper Potomac River.
• 1749 Celeron de Blainville buried lead plates inscribed with the French claim to the Ohio Valley. He had led a company of French and Native Americans down the Ohio River.
• 1749 Thomas Lord Fairfax conveyed Lot No. 25 of the Fairfax South Branch survey less than one mile south of Hanging Rocks in present-day Hampshire County to Benjamin Forman, whose son later erected Fort Forman on the property.
• 1919 West Virginia paid $1,062,867.16 to the state of Virginia toward its debt.
• 1963 The Southern Governors Convention began at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs. Alabama Governor George Wallace requested a formal protest of the civil rights march in Washington on August 28, causing demonstrations at the Greenbrier, gaining national attention.
• 1992 The first official pre- season NCAA Division I-AA football poll ranked Marshall University second in the nation. Youngstown State, which defeated Marshall in the national championship game the previous season, was ranked first.