On this Day in History, October 18

Historical books may get dusty from lying on the library shelves, however, the rich content they contain will always be useful to both the current and upcoming generations.

History is beautiful and highly educative; you can learn so much about things that happened on any day of any year. Let’s date back to October 18; what happened, who did what, what was founded and so much more.

  • 1860 – The Yuanmingyuan was burned by British troops at the end of the Second Opium War.
  • 1867 – The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
  • 1878 – Anti-socialist laws were ratified in Germany
  • 1898 – The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico.
  • 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was founded.
  • 1941 – Richard Sorge, a Soviet Spy, was arrested in Tokyo
  • 1944 – The Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.
  • 1955 – University of California discovers anti-proton.
  • 1967 – The first space probe entered the atmosphere of another planet.
  • 1969Artificial sweeteners were banned by the U.S. government due to evidence that they caused cancer.
  • 1970 – 8 days after being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front, Quebec’s minister of labor was found strangled to death.
  • 1985 – Black activist Benjamin Moloise was hanged by South African authorities, after being convicted for murdering a police officer.
  • 1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world to sell oil for $21 a barrel.
  • 1991 – US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1992 – A 6.6 earthquake hit Colombia with no fatalities.
  • 1998 – Over 200 were killed in the Jesse Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria.
  • 1867Alaska became part of the United States of America.
  • 1919 – The 15th Prime Minister of Canada,Pierre Trudeau, was born.
  • 2006 – Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.
  • 2013 – Saudi Arabia became the first nation to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council in protest over Syria.


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