What Happened on September 18

Significant Events

  • 1811 British expeditionary army conquers Dutch Indies
  • 1812 Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed
  • 1873 Government bond agent Jay Cooke & Co collapses, causing panic on Wall St, the start of the panic of 1873 and the Long depression
  • 1914 Irish Home Rule bill receives Royal assent
  • 1931 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • 1942 The order for 'extermination asocials through labour' is approved by Otto Thierack, Nazi minister of justice
  • 1976 Mao Zedong's funeral takes place in Beijing
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September 18 in Film & TV

September 18 in Music

  • 1809 Royal Opera House in London opens

September 18 in Sport

Did You Know?

US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

On September 18, 1793

Would You Believe?

Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs

On September 18, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • 1907 Author Arthur Conan Doyle (48) weds Jean Elizabeth Leckie
  • 1920 Tennis player champion Molla Mallory (36) weds stock broker Franklin Mallory
  • 1922 Nurse Margaret Sanger (43) weds James Noah Henry Slee in Bloomsbury, London
  • 1955 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)
  • 1955 Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico

Famous Divorces

  • 1969 Actor Rod Taylor (39) divorces model Mary Hilem after 5 years of marriage
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