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October 29, 2018 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil's presidential election defeating Fernando Haddad

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces she will not seek re-election in 2021 and step down as party leader

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Japanese Princess Ayako of Japan marries commoner Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, giving up her royal status
  • Lion Air flight JT 610 crashes into the sea just after takeoff near Jakarta, Indonesia, with the loss of all 189 on board

Event of interestEvent of Interest

New mega airport opened in Istanbul by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, planning to be world' busiest with 90 million passengers by 2021

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • New research says cacao tree first used in Ecuador by Mayo Chinchipe culture, 5000 years ago, not in central America as previously thought
  • Storms in Italy kill at least 11 with 75% of Venice flooded and two tornadoes striking Terracina
  • World Scrabble Championship won for the fourth time by New Zealand Malaysian Nigel Richards with the word "groutier" (bad-tempered)