October 18 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on October 18.

October 18

Events on October 18

1865 Lord Palmerston, twice British prime minister, dies with the witty words, “Die my dear doctor? That’s the last thing I shall do!”

1873 At a meeting in New York, delegates from Columbia.

Princeton, Rutgers and Yale universities formulate the rules of American football.

1898 The US takes possession of Puerto Rico from Spain.

1907 The first plans were announced for an International Court of Justice to be set up in the Hague.

1910 The trial of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen begins at the Old Bailey – he is accused of the murder of his wife Belle, who was poisoned, cut up into small pieces and buried in the cellar.

1966 The Queen grants a royal pardon to Timothy Evans, who was convicted of the murder of his wife and child in West London and hanged in 1950.

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are remanded on bail for possession of cannabis following a police raid at their flat in Montague Square, London.

1995 Celebrity racehorse Red Rum dies and is buried at Aintree racecourse.

Famous Birthdays on October 18

Canaletto 1697, Italian painter best remembered for his dramatic and picturesque views of Venice.

Pierre de Laclos 1741. French author of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, his single masterpiece.

Chuck Berry 1926, American rock and roll pioneer whose hits included “Maybelline” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”.

George C. Scott 1927, American actor who was awarded an Oscar for his leading part in Patton.

Martina Navratilova 1956, Czech-born American tennis champion who won the Wimbledon women’s singles title nine times and numerous other Grand Slam events.

Quotes from Legendary

I'd say award winning plans are written for the critics.

- Lew Grade, British film and television producer, 1970.

Historical News on October 18

Bay Devastation as Quake Rocks Cisco

Bay devastation as quake rocks Cisco on October 18
Bay devastation as quake rocks Cisco

1989 An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale yesterday claimed 67 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage in the Bay area of San Francisco A section of the two-tier Interstate 880 in Oakland collapsed, crushing motorists driving on the lower deck The 15-second quake also caused damage in the Marina and to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

French Suffer Brain Drain

1685 The French king Louis XIV has turned the screw still further on the Protestants among his people by revoking the Edict of Nantes.

In 1598 Henry IV issued the edict to safeguard the civic and religious rights of French Protestants – Huguenots – and to usher in a new age of toleration.

Thousands of Protestants are expected to respond to today’s action by fleeing the country.

Some commentators are warning of dire consequences to the French economy as a result of such a skills drain.

Ordeal Over As Hostages Freed

1977 The five-day ordeal of passengers aboard a German Lufthansa jet hijacked by Palestinian terrorists ended today when a squad of crack troops stormed the aircraft at Mogadishu airport when it became likely that passengers would be killed.

Three of the four Palestinians were killed in the shoot-out.

The terrorists had already killed the pilot, Jurgen Schumann.

The hijack was in support of the left-wing BaaderMeinhof urban terrorist group.

Quebec Freedom Fighters Kill Again

1970 The Canadian separatist group, Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ), has responded to Canadian premier Pierre Trudeau’s get-tough policy by murdering Pierre Laporte, the Quebec minister of Labour and Immigration who was kidnapped with British diplomat James Cross eight days ago.

Laporte’s body was found in a car boot.

Negotiations had opened with the kidnappers, but two days ago Trudeau declared a state of “insurrection” in Quebec, introducing emergency powers to deal with the crisis.

The FLQ were outlawed and 250 of its members arrested.

Hardliner Sidelined

1989 Erich Honecker, East Germany’s hardline ruler, has been ousted from the job he has held for the past 18 years.

His economic chief, Günter Mittag, and minister for propaganda and agitation, Joachim Herrmann, have also been forced to quit.

The unsmiling, bureaucratic Honecker, 77, had failed to respond to the desire among East Germans for change.

The new ruler the 21-man Politburo are pinning their hopes on is the youthful Egon Krenz, 52.

Reform groups are not convinced that Egon Krenz, formerly head of internal and external security, will set the wheels of reform moving.

In their eyes he is closely associated with the policies that have created the discontent.

1922 Marconi and the General Electric Company are among the major Wireless manufacturers who have formed a new company to be responsible for the broadcasting of radio programmes throughout Great Britain.

Pressure has been mounting for a central service of this kind.

The new British Broadcasting Company will operate from Marconi House in London, under the management of John Reith, and will begin a daily service of programmes from November 14.

Thomas Alva Edison on October 18
Thomas Alva Edison

1931 America’s most prolific inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, died at the age of 84.

Edison’s lack of formal education proved no handicap: his inventions include the phonograph, microphone and the kinetoscope, and he designed a complete electrical distribution system for lighting and power.

One Response

  1. Hairstyles November 7, 2021

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: