On this day: July 18

POSTED: 4:56 PM Jul 17 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 18 2014

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 - Nico
11 / 49
Pathé Consortium Cinéma

1988: German singer-songwriter, musician, fashion model and actress Nico, known for her collaboration on The Velvet Underground's 1967 debut album, "The Velvet Underground & Nico," and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, dies at age 49 as a result of injuries suffered in a cycling accident while vacationing in Ibiza, Spain. Nico, who was born Christa Päffgen, also had roles in several films, including a cameo in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (pictured) and Andy Warhol's "Chelsea Girls."

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