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This was 291st day of the year and 74 days remained in the year.

October 18 Birthdays

Chuck Berry
1926—, American rock music guitarist, singer, and songwriter

Edward Winslow
founders of Plymouth Colony (1595)

Venetian painter (1697)

King Mongkut
royalty (1804)

Lotte Lenya
singer and actress (1898)

Pierre Elliott Trudeau
former Prime Minister (1919)

George C. Scott
actor (1927)

Mike Ditka
football (1939)

Lee Harvey Oswald
presumed assassin (1939)

Ntozake Shange
writer (1948)

Martina Navratilova
tennis player (1956)

Jean-Claude Van Damme
actor (1960)

Wynton Marsalis
trumpeter, bandleader, and composer (1961)

Zac Efron
actor (1987)

October 18 in History


Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes.


The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.


The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.


The first Balkan War broke out.


Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.


The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.


Gilad Shalit, a 25-year-old Israeli soldier, is released after being held for more than five years by Hamas. He is exchanged for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Shalit had been held in Gaza since Palestinian militants kidnapped him in 2006.

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