What Happened in 1918

Significant Events

  • Mar 4 First recorded case of Spanish flu at Funston Army Camp, Kanas; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million
  • Mar 9 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • Mar 11 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • Apr 21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill
  • Jun 8 Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered
  • Jul 16 A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his family and several retainers
  • Sep 26 Beginning of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, more than 1 million American soldiers in the largest and most costly offensive of WWI
  • Oct 31 Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week
  • Nov 10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • Nov 11 Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am
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World Leaders in 1918

Famous People in 1918

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Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min

On October 21, 1918

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)
  • Apr 12 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton
  • Jul 2 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson
  • Jul 12 Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)
  • Aug 18 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)
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