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Notable Historical Events for October 18th

1962JFK meets Soviet minister of foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko

1969Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

1855Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres

1775African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1950Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years

1946Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

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

1962Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

1977Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record

1685French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants

October 18th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 18th

1956Martina Navratilova, Revnice Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)

1939Lee Harvey Oswald, New Orleans, Louisiana, assassin (JFK), (d. 1963)

1939Mike Ditka, Carnegie Pennsylvania, NFL coach/tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961)

1935Peter Boyle, Norristown Pennsylvania, American actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond)

1919Pierre Trudeau, Montreal Quebec, 15th Prime Minister of Canada

1960Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels Belgian, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat)

October 18th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 18th

2008Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

1926Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou

1869Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (49) weds his mistress Rosa Vercellana (36) in Italy

1986"Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

October 18th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 18th

1931Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84

1982Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

October 18th Deaths
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