Today In History
Today In History
October, 18th 2017
1685: Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes outlaws Protestantism.
1767: Boundary between Md & Pa the Mason Dixon line agreed upon.
1847: English astronomer J.K Hind discovers Flor his second asteroid
1867: US took formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
1873: Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football
1892: 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY).
1898: American flag raised in Puerto Rico
1917: Mata Hari was shot as a spy by French firing squad
1922: British Broadcasting Corporation established
1931: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange N.J. at age 84.
1944: Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.
1950: Connie Mack announced retirement as manager of the Phila Athletics
1953: Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times.
1962: Dr. Watson of US & Drs. Crick & Wilkins of Britain win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA
1967: Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released
1967: Soviet Venera 4 becomes the 1st probe to send data back from Venus
1968: Robert Beaman of US broad jumps a record 8.90 m.
1968: US Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving `black power' salute as a protest during victory ceremony
1969: Federal govt bans use of artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates
1969: Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
1977: Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record
1977: 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
1977: Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship 1st in 15 years
1982: Former 1st lady Bess Truman died in Independence Mo. at age 97
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