On This Day

On This Day in History for October 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 East German state/party leader Erich Honecker resigns
  • 1989 Hungary revises its constitution after the fall of its Communist regime
  • 1989 US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
  • 1991 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1992 6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities
  • 1992 Start of Zimbabwe's 1st Test match, v India at Harare
  • 1993 STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit

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1997 The groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I in Bilbao, Spain

Architect Frank Gehry
Architect
Frank Gehry
King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • 2001 Crude Oil for November delivery falls to its lowest level since August 1999 on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)
  • 2003 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia

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2007 After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escapes uninjured.

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
  • 2011 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas
  • 2012 Syrian military airstrikes kill 40 people in Maaret al-Numan
  • 2012 Google stock trading suspended after premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price
  • 2013 Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria
  • 2016 US White Houses says it is "confident" Russia behind recent email hacking and attempts to influence US election

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2017 US congresswoman Frederica Wilson says President Donald Trump said to bereaved army family of Sgt. La David Johnson "He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway"

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Conference meetingConference of Interest

2017 19th Chinese Communist Party congress opens in Beijing with President Xi Jinping delivering 3hr 23min speech heralding “new era”

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2019 1st all-female spacewalk by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir outside the International Space Station
  • 2020 Bolivia elects Luis Arce President and his party, Movement for Socialism back into government

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Deaths in History