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On October 18 in history ..

  • 0707 - John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1016 - Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon)
  • 1081 - Battle at Durazzo/Dürres: Normans under Robert Guiscard beat Byzantine
  • 1210 - Pope Innocent III excommunicates German emperor Otto IV
  • 1267 - Battle at Marienholz: Henry III, Otto II van Gelre beat Keuls archbishop Engelbert III
  • 1534 - New pursuit of French protestants
  • 1564 - John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America
  • 1572 - Spanish troops attack Maastricht
  • 1622 - French King Louis XIII & Huguenots sign treaty of Montpellier
  • 1648 - 1st US labor organization forms (Boston Shoemakers)
  • 1667 - English fleet plunders Suriname plantations
  • 1672 - Poland & Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
  • 1685 - French king Louis XIV revoked Edict van Nantes
  • 1685 - Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism
  • 1748 - Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession
  • 1752 - Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village"
  • 1767 - Boundary between MD & PA, Mason Dixon line, agreed upon
  • 1776 - Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
  • 1776 - In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail"
  • 1782 - Congress re-enacts 1775 rates with equivalents of circulating Spanish silver dollar
  • 1855 - Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres
  • 1862 - Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY
  • 1863 - Battle of Charlestown, WV
  • 1867 - US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
  • 1869 - Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund," premieres in Christiania (Oslo)
  • 1873 - 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers
  • 1873 - Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football
  • 1878 - Edison makes electricity available for household usage
  • 1887 - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG)
  • 1889 - 1st all NYC World Series NY Giants (NL) play Bkln (AA)
  • 1890 - John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds
  • 1891 - 1st international 6-day bicycle race in US (MSG, NYC) begins
  • 1892 - 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)
  • 1898 - American flag raised in Puerto Rico
  • 1901 - Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights
  • 1904 - Mahlers 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
  • 1908 - Belgium annexes Congo Free State
  • 1909 - Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
  • 1910 - Edward Forster publishes "Howards End"
  • 1912 - Beginning of 1st Balkan War
  • 1912 - Italo-Turkish war ends
  • 1913 - Austrian-Hungary demands that Serbia & Albania leave
  • 1915 - 3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo
  • 1918 - Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • 1918 - NHL's Québec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P J Quinn
  • 1918 - Russian 10th Army drives out White armies of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad)
  • 1922 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) forms
  • 1924 - Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)
  • 1924 - Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Hearld Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen)
  • 1925 - -20] French Gen Sarrail bombs Damascus
  • 1925 - Salt Lake City (PCL) Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season
  • 1926 - Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenins political testament
  • 1930 - Joseph Sylvester becomes 1st jockey to win 7 races in 1 day
  • 1932 - Belgium govt of Renkin falls
  • 1934 - Chinese Red leader under Mao Tse Tung begins Long March
  • 1939 - R Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Too Many Girls," premieres in NYC
  • 1940 - Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in NYC
  • 1941 - Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • 1942 - Hitler orders allied commandos to be killed
  • 1943 - US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island
  • 1944 - Eisenhower, Bradley & Montgomery confer in Brussel
  • 1944 - Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
  • 1945 - Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg
  • 1945 - Paul Robeson wins Spingarn Medal for singing & acting achievements
  • 1946 - Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • 1948 - Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • 1950 - Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years
  • 1951 - USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1952 - "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 perfs
  • 1952 - Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash
  • 1953 - Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 1953 - WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 - WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 - Hurricane Hazel (3rd of 1954) becomes most severe to hit US
  • 1954 - WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 - WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • 1955 - Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete
  • 1955 - University of California discovers anti-proton
  • 1960 - Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)
  • 1960 - In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge, & London Evening Star merges with Evening News
  • 1961 - Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
  • 1962 - Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA
  • 1962 - JFK meets Russian minister of Foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko
  • 1962 - Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"
  • 1962 - US launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon
  • 1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1963 - IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
  • 1964 - Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • 1966 - "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • 1967 - AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams
  • 1967 - Nobel prize for physics awarded to Hans A Bethe
  • 1967 - Soviet Venera 4 becomes 1st probe to send data back from Venus
  • 1967 - Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released
  • 1968 - Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29'2½") in Mexico City
  • 1968 - Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas
  • 1968 - John Lennon & Yoko One fined £150 for marijuana possession
  • 1968 - Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash
  • 1968 - Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John & Yoko's apt
  • 1968 - US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
  • 1969 - Federal govt bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners
  • 1969 - Jefferson Airplanes Paul Kanter, arrested for marijuana possession
  • 1969 - Rod Stewart joins Small Faces
  • 1969 - Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
  • 1970 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • 1970 - Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp
  • 1973 - "Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 847 performances
  • 1973 - Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin
  • 1973 - Judd Woldon & Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in NYC
  • 1973 - Nobel prize for economy awarded to Wassily Leontief
  • 1974 - 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • 1974 - André van de Louw appointed mayor of Rotterdam
  • 1974 - Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks
  • 1974 - Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • 1975 - Simon & Garfunkel reunite on SNL, sing "My Little Town"
  • 1975 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1976 - Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr
  • 1977 - 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
  • 1977 - NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games
  • 1977 - Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record
  • 1977 - W German commandos liberate Boeing 737, 86 hostages at Mogadishu
  • 1977 - Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years
  • 1978 - 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • 1978 - NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • 1979 - "Beatlemania" opens in London
  • 1979 - Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop
  • 1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1980 - Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • 1980 - Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
  • 1981 - Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • 1981 - NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • 1981 - Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • 1984 - Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission
  • 1984 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 - Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist
  • 1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 - East German state/party leader Erich Honecker, resigns
  • 1989 - Hungary revises constitution
  • 1989 - US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
  • 1990 - "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • 1991 - "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC
  • 1991 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1992 - "Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 1992 - 1st non-US team to win a World Series Game; Toronto 5, Atlanta 4
  • 1992 - 6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities
  • 1992 - Phila Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL QB scramble record of 3,683
  • 1992 - Start of Zimbabwe's 1st Test match, v India at Harare
  • 1993 - STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • 1995 - NHL Winnipeg Jets sold to Americans who plan to move them to Phoenix
  • 1998 - Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf

Famous birthdays on October 18 ..

  • 1239 - Stefanus V, prince of Transylvania/king of Hungary (1270-72)
  • 1405 - Pius II, [Aenea S Piccolomini], Italian pope (1458-64) (Cynthia)
  • 1547 - Justus Lipsius, [Joost Lips], Dutch classic philologist/historian
  • 1611 - Valentin Strobel, composer
  • 1638 - Lars Johnstown, [Lasse Lucidor], Swedish poet
  • 1663 - Frans Eugenius, duke/prince of Savoye/land guardian of Austria-Neth
  • 1668 - Johan Georg IV, elector of Saxony (1691-94)
  • 1668 - Wierich PL earl von Daun, Austrian prince of Thiano/fieldmarshall
  • 1697 - Giovanni Canaletto, Venetian painter (Venicei Regatta on Grand Canal)
  • 1706 - Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buffa)
  • 1712 - Jeremias van Riemsdijk, gov-general of Dutch Indies (1775-77)
  • 1753 - Jean J R de Cambacérè, French lawyer/minister of justice
  • 1774 - Adolfs Müller, writer
  • 1777 - Heinrich von Kleist, Germany, dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)
  • 1785 - Thomas Love Peacock, English author (Headlong Hall)
  • 1789 - Giovanni Tadolini, composer
  • 1794 - Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer
  • 1804 - Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thailand (1851-68)
  • 1806 - John Breckinridge Grayson, Brig Genl (Confederate Army), died in 1861
  • 1811 - Hugh Thompson Reid, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1874
  • 1818 - Edward Otho Cresap Ord, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883
  • 1818 - José da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Glória e Martírio)
  • 1824 - Juan Valera bon Alcalá Galiano, Spanish author (Pepita Jiménez)
  • 1829 - Charles Sidney Winder, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1862
  • 1829 - Lucius Marshall Walker, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
  • 1831 - Frederik III NK of Hohenzollern, German Kaiser/king of Prussia
  • 1833 - Johannes Habert, composer
  • 1837 - Friedrich W Mengelberg, German sculptor/painter
  • 1844 - Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer
  • 1850 - Francis Thome, composer
  • 1854 - Bill Murdoch, cricketer (great pioneer of Australian Test cricket)
  • 1854 - Solomon A Andree, Swedish engineer/balloonist/Artic explorer
  • 1859 - Henri Bergson, France, philosopher (Creative Evolution-Nobel 1927)
  • 1871 - Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Ghetto)
  • 1872 - Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun
  • 1875 - James E K Aggrey, Ghana, US theologian/educationalist
  • 1875 - Len Braund, cricketer (great England all-rounder in 23 Tests 1901-08)
  • 1877 - Florence Dahl Walrath, humanitarian, founded Cradle society
  • 1878 - James Truslow Adams, historian (Pul-1921, Founding of New England)
  • 1879 - Grzlegorz Fitelberg, composer
  • 1889 - Fannie Hurst, novelist (Anatomy of Me)
  • 1890 - [Agathe] Henriëtte [M de Beaufort], Dutch author (Rembrandt)
  • 1891 - Vaclav Kalik, composer
  • 1892 - Leo G Carroll, Weedon England, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle)
  • 1893 - Roy Del Ruth, DE, director (About Face, Babe Ruth Story, Star Show)
  • 1893 - Sidney Holland, NZ, PM of NZ (1949-57)
  • 1894 - Tibor Déry, writer
  • 1895 - Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Appearance at Kallista)
  • 1898 - George Cuzon, Amersham England, actor (Hooded Terror)
  • 1898 - Lotte Lenya, Vienna Austria, actor/singer (Appointment, Semi-Tough)
  • 1898 - Raymond Glenn, Frankfort KY, actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones)
  • 1898 - Shin'ichi Suzuki, composer
  • 1901 - Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, composer
  • 1902 - Miriam Hopkins, Bainbridge GA, actress (Becky Sharp, These Three)
  • 1903 - Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist
  • 1903 - Emile Enthoven, composer
  • 1905 - Felix Houphouet-Boigny, pres of Ivory coast (1960-93)
  • 1906 - James Brooks, US mural painter (Acquisition of Long Island)
  • 1906 - Sidney Kiescher Kingslei, playwright
  • 1907 - Alexander Hardie Williamson, artist
  • 1910 - Albertus "Bert" Botterman, actor (Bridge Too Far)
  • 1910 - Vojislav Vuckovic, composer
  • 1915 - Victor Sen Yung, SF Calif, actor (Hop Sing-Bonanza, Bachelor Family)
  • 1916 - Peter Shepherd, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1918 - Bobby Troup, Harrisburg Pa, pianist/actor (Emergency, Acapulco)
  • 1918 - James Cameron Tudor, politician
  • 1918 - Konstantinos Mitsottakis, premier of Greece (1990- )
  • 1918 - Willem J "Molly" Geertsema, Dutch liberal/interior minister)
  • 1919 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau, (L) 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84)
  • 1920 - Anita O'Day, vocalist/actress (Outfit, Zigzag, Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • 1921 - Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
  • 1922 - Camillo Togni, composer
  • 1922 - Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character
  • 1922 - Richard Stankiewicz, US sculptor (1974 Akston Award, 1966 Brandeis)
  • 1923 - Suzanne Perlman, Hungarian/Dutch Antilian painter
  • 1924 - Allyn Ferguson, San Jose Calif, orch leader (Andy Williams Show)
  • 1924 - Egil Hovland, composer
  • 1924 - Frank Liedel, [Leo van Assche], Flemish writer (Kaperbrief)
  • 1925 - Melina Mercouri, Athens Greece, actress/politician (Never on a Sunday)
  • 1925 - Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • 1926 - Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker (Roll over Beethoven)
  • 1926 - George C Scott, Wise Va, actor (Patton, Bible, Taps, Hardcore)
  • 1926 - Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Poland, actor (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1926 - Thomas Millar, historian
  • 1927 - Ramesh Divecha, cricketer (eleven wickets for India in early 50's)
  • 1928 - Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
  • 1928 - R H "Deepak" Shodhan, cricketer (century on Test debut for India)
  • 1929 - Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, president of Nicaragua (1990- )
  • 1930 - Frank Carlucci, National Security Adviser/Sec of Defense (1987-89)
  • 1931 - Catharina I "Ien" Dales, Dutch Internal minister (1989-94)
  • 1933 - Forrest Gregg, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1933 - Peter Boyle, Phila, actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • 1934 - Inger Stevens, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter)
  • 1935 - John B Coleman, Boston, hotel magnate (Ritz Carlton)
  • 1935 - Jorge Cervello, composer
  • 1938 - Ronnie Bright, rocker (Coasters)
  • 1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin (JFK)
  • 1939 - Mike Ditka, coach/tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961)
  • 1942 - Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1943 - Russ Giguere, Portsmouth NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association)
  • 1944 - Katherine Kurtz, UK, sci-fi author (Deryni Rising, Saint Camber)
  • 1945 - Christopher Shays, (Rep-R-Connecticut)
  • 1947 - Joe Morton, NYC, actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World)
  • 1947 - John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1947 - Laura Nyro, Bronx, singer/songwriter (Eli's Coming, Stoney End)
  • 1947 - Luc Journet, Belgian physician (Order of Zonnetempel)
  • 1948 - Isabel E Allen, biostatician
  • 1949 - Gary Richrath, Peoria IL, rock guitarist (REO Speedwagon)
  • 1950 - Merry Martin, Camden Mich, actress (Leslie-Peter Loves Mary)
  • 1950 - Patrick L Swindall, (Rep-R-GA, 1985- )
  • 1950 - Sheila White, London England, actress (I Claudius)
  • 1951 - Pam Dawber, Detroit, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam)
  • 1952 - Ketih Knudsen, Ames IA, rocker (Doobie Brothers)
  • 1952 - Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1956 - Martina Navratilova, Revnice Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)
  • 1957 - Jon Lindstrom, Medford Ore, actor (Kevin Collins-General Hospital)
  • 1958 - Hal Haenel, St Louis Mo, star yachter (Olympics-8th-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1958 - James M Talent, (Rep-R-Missouri)
  • 1958 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels Belgium, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat)
  • 1958 - Kjell Samuelsson, Tyngsryd Swe, NHL defenseman (Phila Flyers)
  • 1960 - Doug Lidster, Kamloops, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • 1960 - Emily Arth, Evanston Ill, playmate (Jun, 1988)
  • 1961 - Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star yachter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1961 - Erin Moran, Burbank Calif, actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi)
  • 1961 - Gladstone Small, cricketer (in Barbados England quickie with no neck)
  • 1961 - Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans La, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983)
  • 1962 - Jody Anschutz, Minneapolis, LPGA golfer (1987 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • 1962 - Vincent Spano, Brooklyn NY, actor (Alphabet City, Maria's Lovers)
  • 1964 - Etsuko Inoue, Japan, tennis star
  • 1964 - George Ferris, cricketer (Leewards fast bowler)
  • 1965 - Fayette Purser, Sydney Australia, golfer (NSW State Rep 1987-88)
  • 1966 - Alan Mills, Lakeland Florida, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1966 - Angela Visser, Neth, Miss Universe (1989)
  • 1966 - Denise Philbrick, LPGA golfer
  • 1966 - Jerod Swallow, Ann Arbor Mich, dance skater (& Punsalan-1997 Natls)
  • 1966 - Kristine Middeler, Felicity Oh, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994)
  • 1967 - Gary John Anderson, Wanganui NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 - Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • 1968 - Michael Stich, Germany, tennis star
  • 1968 - Narendra Hirwani, cricketer (Ind leggie 16 wickets v WI on debut 1988)
  • 1968 - Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1969 - Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 - Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
  • 1970 - Camille Spitaleri, Mountain View Ca, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1970 - Mark Schenning, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 - Shane Bonham, NFL defensive linesman (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 - Bob Whitfield, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971 - Emmett Waldron, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1971 - Karen J McNenny, Missoula Montana, Miss Montana-America (1991)
  • 1971 - Tammy Harris, Williamstown NY, Miss America-New York State (1997)
  • 1972 - Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1972 - James Stream Thurmond Jr, son of US senator Strom Thurmond
  • 1973 - Demetrious Maxie, CFL defensive end (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1973 - John Baldwin Jr, Dallas TX, figure skater (1996 SW Pacific Sr champ)
  • 1975 - Rebeca Tamez, Miss Mexico Universe (1997)
  • 1977 - Chris McKenna, Queens NY, actor (Joey-One Live to Live)
  • 1981 - Richard Vuu, actor (Last Emperor)

Famous deaths on October 18 ..

  • 0707 - John VII, Greek Pope (705-07), dies
  • 1216 - John, king of England (1199-1216, Magna Charta), dies
  • 1340 - Henry Henricus of Friemar, Augustine philosopher, dies
  • 1417 - Gregorius XII, [Angelo Correr], Pope (1406-15), dies
  • 1459 - Jan of Heinsberg, bishop of Luik (1419-56), dies
  • 1503 - Pius III, [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies
  • 1526 - Lucas Vazquez de Aylló, Spanish colonialist (settles SC), dies
  • 1545 - John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1558 - Maria, queen of Hungary/guardian of Neth (1531-55), dies at 53
  • 1562 - Petrus van Alcántara, Spanish Franciscan saint, dies
  • 1589 - Adolf van Nieuwenaar & Meurs, viceroy of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1634 - Pierre De La Barre, composer, dies at 42
  • 1669 - Abraham Willaerts, painter (Brazilië), dies
  • 1676 - Nathaniel Bacon, rallied against Virginian govt, killed at 29
  • 1678 - Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, dies at 63
  • 1678 - Jacob Jordaens, Flemish barok painter, dies at 85
  • 1708 - Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • 1767 - Joseph Paul Ziegler, composer, dies at 45
  • 1771 - Robert Praelisauer, composer, dies at 62
  • 1788 - Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 - Etienne-Nicolas Mehul, opera composer (Chant du départ), dies at 54
  • 1830 - Peter I Petrovic Njegos, bishop (Montenegro), dies
  • 1832 - Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer, dies at 73
  • 1839 - French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter, dies at 68
  • 1862 - James Creighton, dies of rupture bladder from hitting HR on Oct 14th
  • 1864 - David Bell Birney, US lawyer/Union general-major, dies at 39
  • 1864 - Jacques François Gallay, composer, dies at 68
  • 1865 - Lord Henry JT Palmerston, English min of Foreign affairs, dies at 80
  • 1876 - Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • 1893 - Charles F Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • 1893 - Lucy [Blackwell-]Stone, US abolitionist/feminist, dies
  • 1898 - Jakov P Polonski, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija), dies at 78
  • 1909 - Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (La rivolta ideal), dies
  • 1910 - Thaddäus Robl, German bicyclist (world record), dies
  • 1931 - Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84
  • 1938 - Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist, dies
  • 1940 - Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • 1941 - Dirk Fock, governor-general van/of Neth-Indies 1921-6, dies at 83
  • 1943 - Adrianus M de Young, writer (Merijntje Gijzen's Youth), dies at 55
  • 1943 - Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • 1948 - [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1953 - Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • 1953 - Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 - José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, dies at 72
  • 1963 - Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • 1965 - Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 - Henry Travers, actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91
  • 1966 - Bill Nestell, US actor (Dangerous Venture), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1968 - Lee Tracy, actor (Doctor X, Bombshell, Best Man), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1972 - Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • 1973 - Crane Wilbur, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • 1973 - Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • 1973 - Walt Kelly, US comic strip artist (Pogo), dies at 60
  • 1975 - Al Lettieri, actor (Beautiful but Deadly, Don is Dead), dies at 47
  • 1977 - Rolph Grant, cricketer (West Indian capt on 1939 England tour), dies
  • 1978 - Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • 1978 - Jacques Mornard, [Ramón Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • 1982 - Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97
  • 1982 - Maurice Gilliams, Flemish literary (Sources of Insomnia), dies at 82
  • 1982 - Pierre Mendès-France, premier France (1954-55), dies
  • 1983 - 19/10? Albert "Carel" Willink, painter: magic(al)-realism, dies at 83
  • 1983 - Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies
  • 1984 - Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • 1984 - Jon-Erik Hexum, actor (Bear), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • 1985 - Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 1987 - Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • 1988 - Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1993 - Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63
  • 1993 - Lois Kibbee, actress (Edge of Night), dies of brain tumor at 71
  • 1993 - Smail Yefsah, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 31
  • 1994 - Lee Allen, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1994 - Richard A Garland, artist photographer, dies at 60
  • 1994 - WIlliam Faure, producer, dies at 45
  • 1995 - Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, lawyer, dies at 67
  • 1995 - Bryan Johnson, singer/actor, dies at 69
  • 1995 - Iri Maruki, artist, dies at 94
  • 1995 - John Gardener, boatbuilder/writer, dies at 90
  • 1995 - Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56
  • 1996 - Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71
  • 1996 - Hugh Willatt, solicitor/public servant, dies at 91
  • 1997 - Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997 - Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 1997 - Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65



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