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On this day... October 18, 2017

Fun and historical facts for October 18th

Jim Clerkin
October 18, 2017 - 8:47 am
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October 18th

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSISTANTS SAY
  • TODAY IS BRA DAY USA
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL NO BEARD DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST OF ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ANN PUTNAM (ACCUSER IN THE SALEM WITCH TRIAL) (1679-1716)
  • PIERRE TRUDEAU (1919-2000)
  • JESSE HELMS (1921-2008)
  • LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1922, 95)

  • CHUCK BERRY (1926-2017)
  • GEORGE C. SCOTT (1927-1999)
  • PETER BOYLE (1935-2006)

  • DAWN WELLS (1938, 79)

  • LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1939-1963)
  • MIKE DITKA (1939, 77)
  • PAM DAWBER (1951, 66)
  • TERRY MCMILLAN (1951, 66)
  • MARTINA NAVRATILOVA (1956, 61)
  • ERIN MORAN (1960-2017)

  • JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME (1960, 57)

  • NE-YO (1979, 38)
  • LINDSEY VONN (1984, 33)
  • ZAC EFRON (1987, 30)

 

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1648, BOSTON SHOEMAKERS FORM THE FIRST AMERICAN LABOR UNION
  • IN 1767, THE BORDER BETWEEN MARYLAND AND PENNSYLVANIA IS NAMED THE MASON-DIXON LINE

  • IN 1776, AN ELMSFORD NY BARTENDER BETSY FLANAGAN, WHO USED FEATHERS AS DECORATIONS IN DRINKS COINED A TERM WHEN CUSTOMERS BEGAN ASKING FOR “THE COCK TAILS”
  • IN 1864, THE BATTLE OF CHARLESTON, WV IN THE CIVIL WAR IS FOUGHT
  • IN 1867, THE US PAYS RUSSIA $7.2 MILLION FOR ALASKA
  • IN 1873, COLUMBIA, YALE, PRINCETON AND RUTGERS SET FORMAL RULES FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • IN 1878, THOMAS EDISON MAKES ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE FOR HOUSEHOLD USE
  • IN 1898, THE AMERICAN FLAG IS RAISED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PUERTO RICO
  • IN 1910, E.M. FORSTER’S “HOWARD’S END” IS PUBLISHED

  • IN 1922, THE BRITISH BROADCAST COMPANY (BBC) IS FOUNDED
  • IN 1931, THOMAS EDISON DIES AT 84
  • IN 1942, ADOLF HITLER ORDERS THAT ALL CAPTURED ALLIED TROOPS BE KILLED
  • IN 1943, A PIGEON NAMED G.I. JOE IS CREDITED WITH SAVING OVER 1,000 LIVES BY FLYING A MESSAGE FROM BRITISH TO AMERICAN TROOPS TO STOP A BOMBING
  • IN 1943, “PERRY MASON” DEBUTS ON CBS RADIO

  • IN 1945, 24 FORMER NAZI LEADERS ARE IDICTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
  • IN 1952, MAD MAGAZINE PREMIERES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1954, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS RELEASES THE FIRST TRANSISTOR RADIO
  • IN 1956, RUTH KISTLER IS THE OLDEST WOMAN TO GIVE BIRTH NATURALLY AT 57
  • IN 1961, BEST PICTURE WINNER “WEST SIDE STORY” IS RELEASED

  • IN 1962, RANGER 5 LAUNCHES A MISSION FOR LUNAR IMPACT BUT MISSES THE MOON
  • IN 1963, FELICETTE BECOMES THE FIRST CAT IN SPACE ON A FRENCH SPACE CAPSULE
  • IN 1967, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “THE JUNGLE BOOK”

  • IN 1967, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE VOTES TO MOVE THE ATHLETICS FROM KANSAS CITY TO OAKLAND, WHILE ADDING THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS AND SEATTLE MARINERS
  • IN 1968, THE US OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SUSPENDS TWO FOR GIVING THE BLACK POWER SALUTE DURING A VICTORY CEREMONY
  • IN 1975, SIMON AND GARFUNKEL REUNITE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • IN 1977, JESSE JACKSON TIES BABE RUTH’S RECORD OF THREE HOME RUNS IN A WORLD SERIES GAME
  • IN 1984, STUNT MAN JON-ERIK HEXUM SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FACE WITH A BLANK GUN ON THE SET OF “COVER UP”, UNAWARE THAT BLANKS CAN KILL AT CLOSE RANGE
  • IN 1986, FRANK AND KATHIE LEE GIFFORD GET MARRIED

  • IN 1991, GUS VAN SANT RELEASES “MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO”
  • IN 2000, BRUCE WILLIS AND DEMI MOORE DIVORCE AFTER 13 YEARS
  • IN 2009, TOM BRADY SETS A RECORD BY THROWING FIVE TOUCHDOWNS IN ONE QUARTER AGAINST THE TENNESSEE TITANS
  • IN 2016, PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASES A STATEMENT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS CONFIDENT RUSSIA IS ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE THE US ELECTION
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