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October 18th Major News Events

  1. 1859 U.S.A. Harpers Ferry Raid
  2. 1944 Russia Invades Czechoslovakia
  3. 1954 U.S.A. Transistor Radio
  4. 2006 Dow Jones Breaks 12,000 Barrier
  5. 2011 400,000 Illegal Immigrants Deported

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18 Oct, 1859 U.S.A. Harpers Ferry Raid

1859 : John Brown's men arrived at Harper's Ferry in Virginia in order to instigate a slave rebellion. Brown's men were attacked by soldiers under Robert E. Lee on October 18th, 1859 after which Brown and several of his men were captured. He was hung for murder, treason against the State and for leading a revolt.

18 Oct, 1931 U.S.A. Edison

1931 : American inventor Thomas Edison dies, among his thousands of inventions the most well known include the phonograph and the practical electric light bulb. He also originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation with distribution to homes and businesses.

18 Oct, 1952 World Population

1952 : The worlds population currently stands at 47 people per square mile of land but it predicted that this may well double by the end of the century due to population growth (figures in 2007 were 115 people per square mile).

18 Oct, 1898 Puerto Rico US Formal Possession

1898 : The United States takes formal possession of Island of Puerto Rico when the American flag is raised over San Juan.

18 Oct, 1922 British Broadcasting Company

1922 : The British Broadcasting Company (a commercial company) is formed with a share capital of £100,000, the company is dissolved in 1926 and all assets are transferred to the British Broadcasting Corporation or the BBC as it is now known. In 1927 the BBC became a publicly funded corporation, which it still is today.

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18 Oct, 1924 U.S.A. Election Funds

1924 : The current election funds for the Democrats and Republican parties have been released for the upcoming national elections. Democrats had $750,000 and Republicans had $3,000,000.

18 Oct, 1935 Italy Bombs Ethiopia

1935 : Italian bombers have started bombing camps where Ethiopian women and children were thought to be safe while Ethiopian warriors attempt to fight using against the invading Italian army well equipped with artillery and aircraft. Italian planes have now started using poison gas as a weapon against the Ethiopian fighters and many believe the increased use will cause slaughter on a scale never before seen.

From 1964 Toys Page

  • The Beatles Dolls including John, Paul, George and Ringo From The 1960s The Beatles Dolls
    Price: $1.66 Each
    Description The Beatles Dolls including John, Paul, George and Ringo, As Beatlemania and pop music targeted a younger audience 1960s Toys reflected the trend with dolls, Record Players and more. I must admit I think these dolls look pretty ghastly.

  • Dinky Metal Sports Car Racing Set From The 1960s Dinky Car Models
    Price: $7.99
    Description The Metal Sports Car Racing Set including Ferrari, Jaguars, MG, Mercedes, Triumph Spitfire, From Dinky Car Models.

18 Oct, 1944 Russia Invades Czechoslovakia

1944 : The Russian army invades Czechoslovakia.

18 Oct, 1954 U.S.A. Transistor Radio

1954 : Texas Instruments announces the Regency TR-1 Transistor radio, although other companies had been showing prototypes of Transistor Radios as early as 1952. The Regency TR-1 Transistor radio was the first commercially sold radio went on sale in November of that year) to sell in significant numbers selling for $49.95.

Regency TR-1 Transistor radio Public Domain Photo

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18 Oct, 1963 British Prime Minister

October 18th, 1963 : Lord Home a Scottish Conservative Aristocrat with the Title of a "Lord" becomes the new British prime minister.

18 Oct, 1967 Space Venus 4

1967 : An unmanned soviet capsule Venus 4 achieved a soft landing on the planet Venus and radioed back that the planet is to hot for human life with temperatures at 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

18 Oct, 1968 England John Lennon

October 18th, 1968 : John Lennon and his girlfriend, Yoko Ono, are arrested in London for possession of marijuana.

18 Oct, 1968 Mexico Bob Beamon

1968 : Bob Beamon breaks the world long jump record in Mexico during the 1968 Olympics beating the previous record by nearly 2ft, many believed part of the reason for this astounding jump was the high altitude of the Olympics that year.

18 Oct, 1976 Mafia Boss of Bosses Dies

October 18th, 1976 : The funeral of Carlo Gambino, the 'boss of the bosses' in the Mafia, takes place in New York. It is often believed that the character of Don Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Mario Puzo's 'The Godfather' was based on Carlo Gambino.

18 Oct, 1989 East Germany Leader Steps Down

1989 : The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, is forced to step down after a series of health problems.

From 1964 Fashions Page Page

  • 1964 Pink Dancing Dress Pink Dancing Dress
    Price: $19.84
    Description Dancing dress with white cotton lace bodice and pastel nylon sheer skirt. It's buoyed with an attached nylon net petticoat and lined in acetate taffeta. Comes in white with pale pink or white with light blue.

  • 18 Oct, 1976 Mafia Boss of Bosses Dies

    October 18th, 1976 : The funeral of Carlo Gambino, the 'boss of the bosses' in the Mafia, takes place in New York. It is often believed that the character of Don Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Mario Puzo's 'The Godfather' was based on Carlo Gambino.

    18 Oct, 1989 East Germany Leader Steps Down

    1989 : The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, is forced to step down after a series of health problems.

    18 Oct, 2006 Dow Jones Breaks 12,000 Barrier

    October 18th, 2006 : The Dow Jones industrial average passed 12,000 for the first time before closing at 11,992.68.

    18 Oct, 2007 Pakistan Benazir Bhutto

    2007 : The former prime minister of Pakistan (Benazir Bhutto) returns after 8 years of self imposed exile and within a few hours of her arrival suicide bombers struck her motor cavalcade killing 100 of her supporters, but she escaped unharmed. Pakistan has had an increasing number of terrorist bomb attacks in 2007 and many fear for the future in a country where religious extremist violence is increasing.

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    18 Oct, 2009 Balloon Boy Parents To Be Charged

    October 18th, 2009 : Following the appearance of Falcon Heene on TV where he was asked why he had stayed hidden, said "we did this for a show", it now appears the reports to local police that he was carried away by a helium balloon were part of an elaborate hoax and publicity stunt. On December 23rd, 2009, the boys parents were found guilty of attempting to influence a public servant. Richard Heene was sentenced to 90 days jail and Mayumi Heene to 20 days weekend jail, the former was also ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution.

    18 Oct, 2011 Student Protesters and Police Clash in Santiago

    2011 : Students protesting over education reform clashed with police in Chile's capital, Santiago. Protesters had set up barricades and were throwing gasoline bombs at police as they blocked rush hour traffic. Police arrested over sixty people.

    18 Oct, 2011 400,000 Illegal Immigrants Deported

    October 18th, 2011 : U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement release new figures showing that about 400,000 illegal immigrants were deported from the United States in the 2011 fiscal year, the most deportations ever in 1 year in United States history.

    18 Oct, 2012 Saudi Arabia Has First Female Director

    2012 : Haifa al Mansour has become Saudi Arabia's first female film director after making a film about a Saudi girl who wants a bicycle. Haifa al Mansour has faced much pressure to quit and criticism of her career choice in the country that only shows a few films publicly and has tight restrictions on women's freedoms.

    18 Oct, 2013 US Nun in Training Kills Baby

    October 18th, 2013 : A twenty-six year old nun in training in Washington D.C. was charged with killing her newborn baby. The woman smothered her newborn, killing the baby, because she feared that the other nuns would hear his crying.

    Born This Day In History October 18

    Celebrating Birthdays Today

    Pierre Elliott Trudeau

    Born: 18th October 1919, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Died: September 28th, 2000, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Known For : Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. Trudeau was known as a charismatic figure who gained notoriety for dating celebrities and was even blacklisted and refused entry at one stage by Canada's closest neighbor the United States because of a visit to a conference in Moscow (it should be remembered that this was during the cold war when Russia and the United States were at odds and any one who could be thought of as fraternizing with enemy was under suspicion). The blacklist was removed at a later date. He is also credited with establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms within Canada's constitution.

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    Martina Navratilova

    Born: 18th October 1956 Prague, Czechoslovakia

    Known For : Former World No. 1 (total of 331 weeks) women's tennis player who many consider one of the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles players of modern times. During her years on the pro tennis circuit she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles including 9 women's singles title at Wimbledon.

    From Our 1960s Shoes and Hats Fashion Accessories page

    • 1964 Lady Buxton Bag Set Lady Buxton Bag Set
      Price: $3.25 - $7.65
      Description Triple frame clutch bag ($7.65) is made of cowhide and has coin and bill sections and vinyl partitions. Billfold ($6.55) has a leather covered removable pass case, coin and bill sections. The contoured key case ($3.25) is a cowhide-covered metal case with four key hooks and an ID pocket. The cigarette case ($3.95) is cowhide-covered metal. All pieces come in either medium brown or light beige.
    • 1964 Long Gloves Long Gloves
      Price: $2.97
      Description Gloves of double-woven stretch nylon button at the wrist. Comes in black or white.