Events occurring on Saturday, July 18, 1936  
  The Spanish Civil War  
  The conflict began when the army commanders General Emilio Mola and General Francisco Franco revolted at Mellila in Spanish Morocco. The coup rapidly spread to the garrison cities of Cadiz, Seville, Saragossa, and Burgos in Spain. In Madrid and Barcelona, the government maintained control and the insurgents could not seize immediate control of the country. The insurgents had the active support of the German and Italian governments. All of the leftist parties united in resistance and the Republicans were able to regroup, with the assistance of the Soviet Union.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The minesweeper HMS Salamander (J 86) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Lionel J. S. Ede.  
  July 1936 Calendar  
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The objective of is to provide a day by day account of the events that lead up to and were part of the greatest conflict known to mankind. There are accounts for the activities of each particular day and timelines for subjects and personalities. It is the of this website intent to provide an unbiased account of the war. Analysis, effects caused by an event, or prior or subsequent pertinent events are presented separately and indicated as text that is italicized.

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