History of 18 October


History of 18 October

1929 – The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.

1943 – The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957.

1944 – Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.

1944 – “Forever Amber”, written by Kathleen Windsor, was first published.

1950 – Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.

1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

1958 – The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s show.

1961 – Henri Matiss’ “Le Bateau” went on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down.

1967 – The American League granted permission for the A’s to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.

1968 – Two black athletes, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a “black power” salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.

1969 – The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.

1970 – Quebec’s minister of labor was found strangled to death after eight days of being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ).

1971 – After 34 years, the final issue of “Look” magazine was published.

1977 – Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.

1983 – General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1985 – South African authorities hanged black activist Benjamin Molise. Molise had been convicted of murdering a police officer.

1989 – Egon Krenz became the leader of East Germany after Erich Honecker was ousted. Honeker had been in power for 18 years.

1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.

1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.

1997 – A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

2006 – Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.

2013 – Saudi Arabia became the first nation to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Jordan took the seat on December 6.

2019 – NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conduct the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Nathan Hauritz, Australian cricketer
  • 1981 – Tina Her gold, a Slovenian tennis player
  • 1981 – Greg Warren, American football player
  • 1982 – Thierry Amiel, French singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Michael Dingsdag, Dutch footballer
  • 1982 – Mark Sampson, Welsh footballer, and manager
  • 1982 – Simon Gotch, American wrestler
  • 1983 – Dante, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 – Robert Harting, German discus thrower
  • 1984 – Freida Pinto, Indian actress, and model
  • 1984 – Esperanza Spalding, American singer-songwriter and bassist
  • 1984 – Lindsey Vonn, American skier
  • 1984 – Milo Yiannopoulos, British journalist and public speaker
  • 1985 – Yoenis Céspedes, Cuban baseball player
  • 1985 – Andrew Garcia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1986 – Wilma Elles, German actress, and fashion designer
  • 1987 – Zac Efron, American actor, and singer
  • 1987 – Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • 1988 – Tessa Schram, Dutch director, and actress
  • 1989 – Riisa Naka, Japanese model, and actress
  • 1990 – Bristol Palin, American public speaker, and reality television personality
  • 1990 – Brittney Griner, American professional basketball player
  • 1990 – Drew Crawford, American basketball player
  • 1991 – Tyler Posey, American actor, and musician
  • 1993 – Ivan Cavaleiro, Portuguese professional footballer