On This Day..... October 18

 

OCTOBER 18TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL NO BEARD DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • PIERRE TRUDEAU (1919-2000)
  • JESSE HELMS (1921-2008)
 
  • LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1922, 96)
  • CHUCK BERRY (1926-2017)
 
  • GEORGE C. SCOTT (1927-1999)
  • PETER BOYLE (1935-2006)
 
  • DAWN WELLS, (1938, 80)
  • LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1939-1963)
 
  • MIKE DITKA (1939, 79)
  • PAM DAWBER (1951, 67)
 
  • MARTINA NAVRATILOVA (1956, 62)
  • ERIN MORAN (1960-2017)
 
  • JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME (1960, 58)
  • ALEX CORA (1975, 43)
 
  • NE-YO (1979, 39)
  • LINDSEY VONN (1984, 34)
 
  • ZAC EFRON (1987, 31)
  • TYLER POSEY (1991, 27)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN  1648, BOSTON SHOEMAKERS FORM THE FIRST NORTH AMERICAN LABOR UNION
  • IN 1767, THE DISPUTED BORDER BETWEEN PENNSYLVANIA AND MARYLAND IS FINALIZED AND DUBBED THE MASON-DIXON LINE
  • IN 1776, BARTENDER BETSY FLANAGAN IN ELMSFORD, NEW YORK DECORATES HER BAR WITH BIRD TAIL FEATHERS, PROMPTING CUSTOMERS TO REQUEST “THOSE COCK TAILS” FROM HER
  • IN 1851, HERMAN MELVILLE PUBLISHES “MOBY DICK”
 
  • IN 1860, THE CONVENTION OF PEKING ENDS THE SECOND OPIUM WAR
  • IN 1867, THE U.S. BUYS ALASKA FROM RUSSIA FOR $7.2 MILLION
  • IN 1873, COLUMBIA, PRINCETON, RUTGERS AND YALE RELEASE THE OFFICIAL RULES FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
  • IN 1878, THOMAS EDISON MAKES ELECTRICITY COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE FOR HOUSEHOLD USE
  • IN 1898, THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FLOWN OVER PUERTO RICO FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1910, E.M. FORSTER PUBLISHES “HOWARD’S END”
 
  • IN 1922, THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) IS FOUNDED
  • IN 1931, AL CAPONE IS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION
  • IN 1931, THOMAS EDISON DIES AT 84 OF DIABETES
  • IN 1942, ADOLF HITLER ORDERS THAT CAPTURED ALLIED TROOPS ARE TO BE KILLED
 
  • IN 1943, A PIGEON NAMED G.I. JOE CARRIES A MESSAGE 20 MILES FROM A BRITISH SQUADRON EMBEDDED IN AN ITALIAN CITY SCHEDULED FOR ALLIED BOMBING. THE MESSAGE STOPPED THE ATTACK AND SAVED OVER 1,000 LIVES
  • IN 1943, “PERRY MASON” DEBUTS ON CBS RADIO
  • IN 1944, THE SOVIET UNION ENTERS CZECHOSLOVAKIA DURING WORLD WAR II
 
  • IN 1952, “MAD MAGAZINE” PUBLISHES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1953, ORSON WELLES MAKES HIS TELEVISION DEBUT IN A CBS PRODUCTION OF KING LEAR
  • IN 1954, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS RELEASES THE FIRST TRANSISTOR RADIO
  • IN 1959, THE FIRST PICTURES OF THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON ARE RECEIVED FROM A TRANSMISSION SENT ON 10/7 BY SOVIET SHUTTLE LUNIK 3
 
  • IN 1961, NATALIE WOOD’S FILM ADAPTION OF “WEST SIDE STORY” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1962, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MEETS WITH SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER GROMYKO
  • IN 1962, NASA LAUNCHES RANGER 5, BUT IT MISSES THE MOON
  • IN 1962, JAMES WATSON, FRANCIS CRICK AND MAURICE WILKINS SHARE THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR MEDICINE FOR DISCOVERING THE STRUCTURE OF DNA
 
  • IN 1963, FRANCE SENDS THE FIRST CAT INTO SPACE, FELICETTE, WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN FOUND ON THE STREET
  • IN 1967, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “THE JUNGLE BOOK”
  • IN 1967, THE BEE GEES HITS #1 WITH “MASSACHUSETTS”
 
  • IN 1968, POLICE RAID THE APARTMENT OF JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO, FIND CANNABIS RESIN AND FINE THEM $150
  • IN 1968, THE U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SUSPENDS TOMMIE SMITH AND JOHN CARLOS FOR THE BLACK POWER SALUTE GIVEN ON THE MEDAL PODIUM DURING THEIR VICTORY
  • IN 1969, THE TEMPTATIONS GO TO #1 WITH “CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU”
 
  • IN 1973, “RAISIN” A MUSICAL ADAPTION OF “A RAISIN IN THE SUN” OPENS IN NYC
  • IN 1974, WHILE TAKING A SHOWER, AL GREEN’S GIRLFRIEND BROKE INTO THE BATHROOM, POURED HOT GRITS OVER HIM AND THEN SHOT AND KILLED HERSELF
  • IN 1975, SIMON AND GARFUNKEL REUNITE TO PERFORM ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
 
  • IN 1979, IRAN’S AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI ORDERS AN END TO MASS EXECUTIONS
  • IN 1979, THE BUGGLES HIT #1 WITH “VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR”
  • IN 1982, BESS TRUMAN DIES AT 97
  • IN 1984, JON-ERIK HEXUM DIES FROM INJURIES SUFFERED WHEN HE SHOT HIMSELF AT CLOSE RANGE WITH A BLANK GUN ON A TV SET SIX DAYS EARLIER
 
  • IN 1986, 56 YEAR OLD FRANK GIFFORD MARRIES HIS THIRD WIFE KATHIE LEE JOHNSON
  • IN 1988, “ROSEANNE” DEBUTS ON ABC
  • IN 1989, DURING A CONCERT, AXL ROSE ANNOUNCED ON STAGE THAT HE WOULD QUIT GUNS N ROSES UNLESS HIS BAND MATES GOT OFF HEROIN
 
  • IN 1991, GUS VAN SANT RELEASES “MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO”
  • IN 1992, DURING GAME TWO OF THE WORLD SERIES BETWEEN THE ATLANTA BRAVES AND THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS, THE U.S. MARINES COLOR GUARD ACCIDENTALLY FLY THE CANADIAN FLAG UPSIDE DOWN AND THEN CANADIAN CITIZEN TOM COCHRANE SINGS CANADIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM INCORRECTLY
 
  • IN 1999, THE YANKEES DEFEAT THE RED SOX FOR THE ALCS CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 2000, ZACH DE LA ROSA DISBANDS RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
  • IN 2000, BRUCE WILLIS AND DEMI MOORE DIVORCE AFTER 13 YEARS
 
  • IN 2007, BENAZIR BHUTTO RETURNED TO PAKISTAN AFTER 8 YEARS IN EXILE, AND ESCAPED A SUICIDE BOMBING ATTEMPT ON HER FIRST NIGHT IN POWER
  • IN 2008, SARAH PALIN MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, PROVIDING ITS HIGHEST RATINGS IN 14 YEARS. THE SHOW IS CREDITED WITH GIVING MUSICAL GUEST ADELE HER FIRST MAJOR BREAK IN THE UNITED STATES
 
  • IN 2009, TOM BRADY SETS AN NFL RECORD BY THROWING FIVE TOUCHDOWNS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF A GAME WITH THE TENNESSEE TITANS
  • IN 2001, DANNY MASTERSON MARRIES BIJOU PHILLIPS
  • IN 2016, THE WHITE HOUSE MAKES A STATEMENT THAT ITS CONFIDENT RUSSIA WAS BEHIND A RECENT ATTMEPT TO INFLUENCE THE U.S. ELECTION
 
  • IN 2017, CONGRESSWOMAN FREDERICA WILSON STATES THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE WIDOW OF SGT. LADAVID JOHNSON “HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS SIGNING UP FOR, BUT I GUESS IT HURTS ANYWAY”
  • IN 2017, THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY HOLDS ITS 19TH CONGRESS WHERE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ANNOUNCES A “NEW ERA”
 

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