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1962Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

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.

1855Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres

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

1969Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

1942Hitler orders captured allied commandos to be killed

1974Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

1970Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic

1962JFK meets Soviet minister of foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko

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

1926Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenin's political testament

1946Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

1775African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

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

2009QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter

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

October 18th Historical Events
Date Event
707
John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1009
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock. 
1016
Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon) 
1081
Battle at Durazzo/Durres: Normans under Robert Guiscard beat Byzantine 
1267
Battle at Marienholz: Henry III, Otto II van Gelre beat Keuls archbishop Engelbert III 
1356
Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland. 
1386
Opening of the University of Heidelberg 
1534
New pursuit of French protestants 
1561
Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima — Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts. 
1564
John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America 
1572
Spanish troops attack Maastricht 
1622
French King Louis XIII & Huguenots sign treaty of Montpellier 
1648
1st labor organization forms in North American colonies (Boston Shoemakers) 
1667
English fleet plunders Suriname plantations 
1672
Poland & Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz 
1685
French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants 
1748
Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession 
1752
Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village" 
1767
Boundary between MD & PA, Mason Dixon line, agreed upon 
1775
African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery. 
1776
In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail" 
1776
Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx 
1855
Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres 
1860
The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty. 
1862
Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY 
1863
Battle of Charlestown, WV 
1867
US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million) 
1869
Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund," premieres in Christiania (Oslo) 
1873
1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers 
1873
Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football 
1878
Edison makes electricity available for household use 
1887
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG) 
1889
1st all NYC World Series NY Giants (NL) play Bkln (AA) 
1890
John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds 
1891
1st international 6-day bicycle race in US (Madison Square Garden, NYC) begins 
1892
1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY) 
1898
American flag raised in Puerto Rico 
1900
Count Bernard von Bulow becomes Chancellor of Germany, famous for first referring to Germany's need for 'place in the sun' and global empire 
1901
Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights 
1904
Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne 
1908
Belgium annexes Congo Free State 
1909
Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m 
1910
E.M. (Edward) Forster publishes "Howards End" 
1912
The First Balkan War breaks out, with Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece opposed to Turkey 
1912
The Treaty of Lausanne ends the Tripolitan War between Turkey and Italy 
1913
Austrian-Hungary demands that Serbia & Albania leave 
1914
The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany. 
1915
3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo 
1918
Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire 
1918
NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P J Quinn 
1918
Russian 10th Army drives out White armies of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad) 
1922
British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded (later called British Broadcasting Corporation) 
1924
Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs) 
1924
Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Hearld Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen) 
1925
-20] French Gen Sarrail bombs Damascus 
1925
Salt Lake City (PCL) Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season 
1926
Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenin's political testament 
1929
Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law. 
1930
Joseph Sylvester becomes 1st jockey to win 7 races in 1 day 
1932
Belgium government of Renkin falls 
1939
R Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Too Many Girls," premieres in NYC 
1940
Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in NYC 
1941
Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo 
1942
Hitler orders captured allied commandos to be killed 
1943
US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island 
1944
Eisenhower, Bradley & Montgomery confer in Brussels 
1944
Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II 
1945
Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg 
1945
Paul Robeson wins Spingarn Medal for singing & acting achievements 
1946
Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres 
1948
Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army 
1950
Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years 
1951
USSR performs nuclear test 
1952
"Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
1952
Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash 
1953
WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1953
WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1953
Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times 
1954
Hurricane Hazel (3rd of 1954) becomes most severe to hit US 
1954
WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1954
WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC) 
1954
Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio. 
1955
Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete 
1955
University of California discovers anti-proton 
1960
Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years) 
1960
In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge, & London Evening Star merges with Evening News 
1961
Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack 
1961
"West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released 
1962
JFK meets Soviet minister of foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko 
1962
Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance" 
1962
US launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island 
1962
Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA 
1963
IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics 
1964
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational 
1966
"Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances 
1967
Nobel prize for physics awarded to Hans A Bethe 
1967
Soviet Venera 4 becomes 1st probe to send data back from Venus 
1967
Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released 
1967
AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams 
1968
Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City 
1968
Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas 
1968
John Lennon & Yoko One fined £150 for marijuana possession 
1968
Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash 
1968
Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John & Yoko's apt 
1968
US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony 
1969
Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners 
1969
Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter arrested for marijuana possession 
1969
Rod Stewart joins Small Faces 
1969
Soyuz 8 returns to Earth 
1970
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic 
1970
Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp 
1973
"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 847 performances 
1973
Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin 
1973
Judd Woldon & Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in NYC 
1973
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Wassily Leontief 
1974
1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121 
1974
Andre van de Louw appointed mayor of Rotterdam 
1974
Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise" 
1974
Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks 
1975
Simon & Garfunkel reunite on Saturday Night Live, sing "My Little Town" 
1975
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1976
Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr 
1977
1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th 
1977
NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games 
1977
W German commandos liberate Boeing 737, 86 hostages at Mogadishu 
1977
Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record 
1977
Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years 
1978
1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance 
1978
NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings 
1979
"Beatlemania" opens in London 
1979
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1980
Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA 
1980
Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT) 
1981
Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections 
1981
NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game 
1981
Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader 
1984
Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission 
1984
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1988
Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist 
1988
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1989
East German state/party leader Erich Honecker, resigns 
1989
Hungary revises constitution 
1989
US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit 
1990
"Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances 
1991
"Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC 
1991
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1992
"Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 22 performances 
1992
1st non-US team to win a World Series Game; Toronto 5, Atlanta 4 
1992
6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities 
1992
Phila Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL QB scramble record of 3,683 
1992
Start of Zimbabwe's 1st Test match, v India at Harare 
1993
STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit 
1995
NHL Winnipeg Jets sold to Americans who plan to move them to Phoenix 
1998
Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf 
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. 
2007
After 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. 
2009
QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter 
2011
Gilad Shalit is released. 
2012
Syrian military airstrikes kill 40 people in Maaret al-Numan 
2012
Google stock trading is suspended after a 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
Coalition warplanes kill 20 Islamic State militants in Syria: Turkish army 
2017
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board 
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