Ancient Romans called the Mediterranean Sea this.

  • Good Sea
  • Middle Sea
  • Narrow Sea
  • Our Sea

Today in History: Born on August 18

1774

Meriwether Lewis, American explorer who led the Corps of Discovery with William Clark.

1792

Lord John Russell, Prime Minister of England from 1846 to 1852 and 1865 to 1866.

1807

Charles F. Adams, U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was John Quincy Adams.

1918

Elsa Morante, Italian writer (History: A Novel).

1922

Shelly Winters, actress who won an Academy Award for The Diary of Anne Frank.

1923

Jimmy Witherspoon, blues singer.

1932

Luc Montagnier, virologist who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

1933

Roman Polanski, Polish film director best known for Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown.

1934

Roberto Clemente, outfielder for Pittsburgh Pirates, first Latin American enshrined in National Baseball Hall of Fame; died in plane crash while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Dec. 31, 1972.

1936

Robert Redford, actor (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Great Gatsby).

1937

William George Rushton, London, actor, author, cartoonist; co-founder of Private Eye satire magazine.

1940

Frankie Avalon, singer ("Venus," 5 weeks at No. 1), actor (Beach Blanket Bingo); teen heartthrob of late 1950s–early 1960s.

1952

Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost).

1961

Robert Warren "Bob" Woodruff, journalist, TV news anchor; critically wounded by roadside bomb while reporting on the war in Iraq, January 2006.

1962

Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico 2006–2012.

1969

Christian Slater, actor (Heathers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Hard Rain).