What Happened on October 18

Significant 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 US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia having paid $7.2 million
  • 1922 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • 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
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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?

Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law

On October 18, 1929

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
  • 1970 Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Marvin (40)
  • 1986 "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Famous Divorces

  • 2000 Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage
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