On This Day

What Happened on October 18

Important Events

  • 1009 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock
  • 1685 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants
  • 1867 Alaska Purchase: US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million
  • 1931 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion
  • 1962 James Watson (US), Francis Crick (UK) and Maurice Wilkins (UK) win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in determining the structure of DNA
More Historical Events

Oct 18 in Film & TV

  • 1922 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

Oct 18 in Music

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

In a bar decorated with bird tail in Elmsford, New York, a customer requests a glassful of “those cock tails” from bartender Betsy Flanagan

On October 18, 1776

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Count Bernard von Bulow becomes Chancellor of Germany, famous for first referring to Germany's need for 'place in the sun' and global empire

On October 18, 1900

Famous Weddings

  • 1869 Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (49) weds his mistress Rosa Vercellana (36) in Italy
  • 1926 Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou
  • 1952 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

Famous Divorces

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