October 18 Events in History - October 18 Birthdays - October 18 Deaths
2014 A male of the rare northern white rhino species has been found dead at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya; only six animals remain in the world, of which only one is a breeding male
2014 Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been suspended for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis Association Tour for making derogatory gender-based remarks about tennis champion sisters Serena and Venus Williams
2013 NASA discovers Asteroid 2013 TV135, which has a 1 in 63,000 chance of colliding with the earth in 2032
2013 After being elected to the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia reports it will decline its seat because the UN failed to end the Ghouta chemical attack
2012 The Golden Dagger award for best crime novel of the year is awarded to Irish writer, Gene Kerrigan, for 'The Rage'
2012 Anti-austerity protests in Greece attract tens of thousands of workers
2011 After Standard & Poor's and Fitch downgraded Spain's credit rating, Moody's downgrades them further to a rating of A1
2011 Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok, calls for 1.2 million sandbags in an effort to protect Thai's capital from encroaching floods
2010 The U.S. government determines China is helping Iran bypass U.N. sanctions and is helping them improve their missile technology and develop nuclear weapons
2009 A Sri Lankan migrant ship seized off of Canada's Pacific Coast, carried 76 suspected Sri Lankan immigrants
1998 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
1995 NHL Winnipeg Jets sold to Americans who plan to move them to Phoenix
1993 STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit
1992 "Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater New York City after 22 performances
1992 1st non-U.S. team to win a World Series Game; Toronto 5, Atlanta 4
1992 6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities
1992 Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL quarterback scramble record of 3,683
1992 Start of Zimbabwe's 1st Test match, vs. India at Harare
1991 "Most Happy Fella" closes at New York State Theater New York City
1991 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1990 "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 469 performances
1989 East German state/party leader Erich Honecker, resigns
1989 Hungary revises constitution
1989 U.S. 62nd manned space mission STS-34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
1988 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane's Kach Party as racist
1988 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51A mission
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
1981 New York Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
1981 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
1980 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
1980 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
1979 "Beatlemania" opens in London
1979 Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F. Vance
1978 New York Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs Los Angeles Kings
1977 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
1977 New York Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games
1977 W German commandos liberate Boeing 737, 86 hostages at Mogadishu
1977 Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record
1977 Yankees beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years
1976 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr
1975 Simon and Garfunkel reunite on SNL, sing "My Little Town"
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1974 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
1974 Andre van de Louw appointed mayor of Rotterdam
1974 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
1974 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks
1973 "Raisin" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 847 performances
1973 Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin
1973 Judd Woldon and Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in New York City
1973 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Wassily Leontief
1970 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
1970 Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp
1969 Federal government 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
1968 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29'2 ") in Mexico City
1968 Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas
1968 Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash
1968 U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
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
1967 AL votes to allow Athletics to move from Kansas City to Oakland and expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas City and Seattle teams
1966 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 463 performances
1964 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
1963 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
1962 John F. Kennedy meets Russian minister of Foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko
1962 Tony Sheridan and Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"
1962 U.S. launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon
1962 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
1962 Dr. Watson (U.S.), Dr. Crick, and Dr. Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA
1961 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
1960 Casey Stengel retired by New York Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)
1960 In Britain, News Chronicle and Daily Mail merge, and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
1955 Track and Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete
1955 University of California discovers anti-proton
1954 Hurricane Hazel (3rd of 1954) becomes most severe to hit US
1954 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, South Carolina (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (New York City)
1953 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
1953 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
1952 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 7 performances
1952 Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash
1951 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1950 Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years
1948 Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
1946 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony, premieres
1945 Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg
1945 Paul Robeson wins Spingarn Medal for singing and acting achievements
1944 Eisenhower, Bradley and Montgomery confer in Brussel
1944 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
1943 U.S. bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island
1942 Hitler orders allied commandos to be killed
1941 Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
1940 Kaufman and Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in New York City
1939 R Rodgers and Lorenz Harts "Too Many Girls," premieres in New York City
1934 Chinese Red leader under Mao Tse Tung begins Long March
1932 Belgium government of Renkin falls
1930 Joseph Sylvester becomes 1st jockey to win 7 races in 1 day
1926 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenins political testament
1925 French General Sarrail bombs Damascus
1925 Salt Lake City (PCL) Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th home run of the season
1924 Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)
1924 Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, New York Hearld Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen)
1922 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) forms
1918 Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire
1918 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P J Quinn
1918 Russian 10th Army drives out White armies of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad)
1915 3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo
1913 Austrian-Hungary demands that Serbia and Albania leave
1912 Beginning of 1st Balkan War
1912 Italo-Turkish war ends
1910 Edward Forster publishes "Howards End"
1909 Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
1908 Belgium annexes Congo Free State
1904 Mahlers 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
1901 Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights
1898 American flag raised in Puerto Rico
1892 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)
1891 1st international 6-day bicycle race in U.S. (MSG, New York City) begins
1890 John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds
1889 1st all New York City World Series New York Giants (NL) play Brooklyn (AA)
1887 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity"
1878 Edison makes electricity available for household usage
1873 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tigers
1873 Columbia Princeton Rutgers and Yale set rules for collegiate football
1869 Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund," premieres in Christiania (Oslo)
1867 U.S. takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia
1863 Battle of Charlestown, West Virginia
1862 Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, Kentucky
1855 Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres
1776 In a New York bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail"
1776 Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover and Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
1767 Boundary between MD and PA, Mason Dixon line, agreed upon
1752 Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village"
1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession
1685 French king Louis XIV revoked Edict van Nantes
1685 Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism
1672 Poland and Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
1667 English fleet plunders Suriname plantations
1648 1st U.S. labor organization forms, Boston Shoemakers
1622 French King Louis XIII and Huguenots sign treaty of Montpellier
1572 Spanish troops attack Maastricht
1564 John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America
1534 New pursuit of French protestants
1267 Battle at Marienholz: Henry III, Otto II van Gelre beat Keuls archbishop Engelbert III
1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicates German emperor Otto IV
1081 Battle at Durazzo/Durres: Normans under Robert Guiscard beat Byzantine
1016 Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon)
707 John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope