October 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 18, 1929, Canada legally declared women as “persons”?

October 18th is No Beard Day and Chocolate Cupcake Day.

We made it to day 291 of the year and there’s only 74 days left to go until we reach the new year.

From space to film and TV and disasters and law we have covered it all right here on this special day, October 18th.

Did you know that on this day in 1929, Canada legally declared women as “persons”? Before this, there was a debate about which “persons” could sit in the senate, and women had been excluded.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 18th in history!

What Events Happened On October 18 In History?

2019 The first all-female spacewalk took place.

On this day astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped foot in space to fix a device on the International Space station.

2007 Former Pakistani politician, Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan as suicide bombers attacked near her convoy in Karachi.

OTD in 2007: Former Pakistani politician
Returning from eight years exile in London and Dubai, she escaped unscathed from the attack that killed 180 people and injured 500.

1991 American independent adventure movie “My Own Private Idaho” starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves was released.

1968 During the Olympics, Gold medalist Tommie Smith was suspended for performing the Black Power salute.

1967 The Jungle Book movie by Disney was released.

One of the best classic movies of all time, the film cost $4 million to make and reached an incredible $378 million at the box office.

1954 Hurricane Hazel hit the American East Coast, and became the worst to hit North America.

The fatal storm cost the lives of 1,191 people and cost $382 million at the time. Hazel even reached Canada and the Hudson Bay.

1931 American gangster Al Capone pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

OTD in 1931: American gangster Al Capone pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

1929 Canada legally declared women as “persons.”

This day is now celebrated as Persons Day.

1922 The British Broadcasting Company Ltd (BBC) was founded.

1867 The US bought Alaska from the Russian Empire.

OTD in 1867: The US bought Alaska from the Russian Empire.
The transfer was officially completed on this day and it cost just $7.2 million, around $132 million in today's money.

1775 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery.

1356 An earthquake destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.

The Basel earthquake occurred on this day and had a magnitude of between 6.0-7.1. It is known as Séisme de la Saint-Luc and was the most significant historic seismological event to happen in central Europe.

1081 The Normans defeated the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.

Famous People Born On October 18

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Zac Efron? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1987 Zac Efron

American Actor

Zac Efron
34 years old
Born In:
California, USA
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1991 Tyler Posey

American Actor

Tyler Posey
30 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On October 18

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

October 18: National No Beard Day

National No Beard Day

October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on October 18th shares the zodiac sign of Libra.

People born during October have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. This pink gem helps the wearer fall in line with their heart chakra, meaning they can handle love and emotions positively.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of January 25th in the same year.

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