October 18 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1595 -Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony Leader
1706 - Baldassare Galuppi, Italian opera Composer, Harpsichordist, and Teacher 
1919 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister
1926 - Chuck Berry, Musician
1926 - Klaus Kinski, Actor
1927 - George C. Scott, Actor
1948 - Ntozake Shange, Playwright and Poet
1956 - Martina Navratilova, Tennis Player
1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Actor
1961 - Wynton Marsalis, Musician

Tennis champion player Martina Navratilova

Historical Events

1851 - Herman Melville's Moby Dick, one of the greatest literary works in English language, is published by Richard Bentley of London.

1860 - British troops destroy the Emperor's Summer Palace in Peking (Beijing), China.

1887 - Russia sells Alaska to the U.S. for seven million dollars seeing it as a worthless, frozen wilderness. Oil is later found.

1904 - Gustav Mahler conducts the first performance of his Symphony No. 5 "The Giant," in Cologne.

1912 - Balkan Allies declare war on Germany 10 days after Montenegro's lead, starting the First Balkan War.

1946 - Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3, is first performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

1954 - The first transistor radio is manufactured.

1985 - Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the U.S. This 8-bit video game console becomes the most successful game system in its time with the game "Super Mario Bros."


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4. Edward Winslow Biography.  Mayflower History. Accessed October 18, 2011.
5. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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