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October 18th, 2007 (October 18 2007)EventAfter 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.
October 18th, 2003 (October 18 2003)EventBolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
October 18th, 1991 (October 18 1991)EventAzerbaijan declares independence from USSR.
October 18th, 1989 (October 18 1989)EventEast German leader Erich Honecker resigns.
October 18th, 1977 (October 18 1977)EventGerman Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is executed and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide. The West German government states that it would never again negotiate with terrorists.
October 18th, 1968 (October 18 1968)EventThe U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
October 18th, 1968 (October 18 1968)EventBob Beamon sets a world record of 8.90m in the long jump at the Mexico City games. This becomes the longest unbroken track and field record in history, standing for 23 years, and is later named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.
October 18th, 1967 (October 18 1967)EventThe Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
October 18th, 1964 (October 18 1964)EventThe 1964-1965 New York World s Fair closes for its first season after a six-month run.
October 18th, 1954 (October 18 1954)EventTexas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
October 18th, 1945 (October 18 1945)EventThe USSR s nuclear program receives plans for the USA s plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
October 18th, 1945 (October 18 1945)EventA group of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Perez Jimenez and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, staged a coup d etat against then president Isaias Medina Angarita, who was overthrown by the end of the day.
October 18th, 1944 (October 18 1944)EventAdolf Hitler orders the establishment of a German national militia.Adolf Hitler Quotes
October 18th, 1944 (October 18 1944)EventSoviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.
October 18th, 1929 (October 18 1929)EventWomen are considered "Persons" under Canadian law.
October 18th, 1925 (October 18 1925)EventThe Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
October 18th, 1922 (October 18 1922)EventThe British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service. Ovid Quotes
October 18th, 1920 (October 18 1920)EventBirthdate of Mir Ali Dost Bugti.
October 18th, 1914 (October 18 1914)EventThe Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany
October 18th, 1912 (October 18 1912)EventThe First Balkan War begins.
October 18th, 1908 (October 18 1908)EventBelgium annexes the Congo Free State.
October 18th, 1898 (October 18 1898)EventUnited States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
October 18th, 1867 (October 18 1867)EventUnited States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
October 18th, 1860 (October 18 1860)EventThe Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
October 18th, 1851 (October 18 1851)EventHerman Melville s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.Herman Melville Quotes
October 18th, 1775 (October 18 1775)EventAfrican-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
October 18th, 1767 (October 18 1767)EventMason-Dixon line, survey separating Maryland from Pennsylvania is completed.
October 18th, 1748 (October 18 1748)EventSigning of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
October 18th, 1685 (October 18 1685)EventLouis XIV of France revokes the Edict of Nantes, which has protected French Protestants. Louis XIV of France Quotes
October 18th, 1648 (October 18 1648)EventBoston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
October 18th, 1561 (October 18 1561)EventFourth Battle of Kawanakajima -- Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.
October 18th, 1386 (October 18 1386)EventOpening of the University of Heidelberg
October 18th, 1356 (October 18 1356)EventBasel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
October 18th, 1210 (October 18 1210)EventPope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV .
October 18th, 1081 (October 18 1081)EventThe Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
October 18th, 1016 (October 18 1016)EventThe Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
October 18th, 1009 (October 18 1009)EventThe 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.Chris Rock Quotes

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