On This Day

What Happened in 1918

Historical Events

  • Mar 9 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • Mar 12 Fearing foreign invasion Vladimir Lenin shifts revolutionary Russia's capital from Petrograd (St. Petersburg) to Moscow
  • 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 17 The Romanov royal family and several of their retainers are executed by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of Ipatiev House, in Yekaterinburg, Siberia
  • Sep 26 Beginning of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, more than 1 million American soldiers in the largest and most costly offensive of WWI
  • Oct 1 World War I: Combined Arab and British force under the Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence captures Damascus from the Turks
  • Oct 31 Spanish Flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single 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 WWI armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect and World War I hostilities end at 11am, "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"
  • Dec 4 US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France
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1918 in Film & TV

  • Aug 15 1st full length cartoon (Sinking of Lusitania)

Famous People in 1918

Would You Believe?

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

On October 21, 1918

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