October 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 18



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

We made it to day 292 of the year, and there are only 74 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about October 18th in history!


What memorable events happened on October 18 in history? Keep reading to find out!


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.


Rocksteady Games released the grittiest Batman game to date, Batman: Arkham City.

While initially playable on just Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, a PC version followed a month later. Lauded as the best batman game ever, it won two BAFTA awards – the Action Game Award and an award for Mark Hamill’s performance as the Joker.


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

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

Returning from eight years of exile in London and Dubai, she escaped unscathed from the attack that killed 180 people and injured 500.


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


Gold medalist Tommie Smith was suspended for performing the Black Power salute during the Olympics.


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.


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

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


American gangster Al Capone pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

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


Canada legally declared women as “persons.”

This day is now celebrated as Persons Day.


The British Broadcasting Company Ltd (BBC) was founded.


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 cost just $7.2 million, around $132 million in today’s money.


African-American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery.


An earthquake destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.

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


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

Famous Births

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.


Zac Efron



Zac Efron


36 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Tyler Posey



Tyler Posey


32 years old

Born In:

California, USA







44 years old

Born In:

Arkansas, USA


Jean-Claude Van Damme



Jean-Claude Van Damme


63 years old

Born In:

Brussels, Belgium

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, October 18th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison was an American inventor born on February 11, 1847. He died on this day in 1931, at age 84 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA.

Died On:

Oct 18, 1931 (Age 84)

Died In:

New Jersey, USA

Special Holidays

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

October 18: National No Beard Day
United States

National No Beard Day

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get rid of the fuzz on your face, then look no further! No Beard Day is here to give beardless people a chance to be proud of their smooth chins. So if you’ve got a beard, why not book an appointment with a barber to get a nice clean shave?

October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
United States

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Nothing beats a fresh hot tray of chocolate cupcakes, all lined up in neat little rows just waiting to be snacked on. You could buy some chocolate cupcakes today, but the real fun lies in attempting to bake them yourself – they’ll still taste great even if they don’t look pretty!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Greenland sharks have an estimated lifespan of up to six hundred years.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Because Libras love to weigh things up, they sometimes judge things too harshly and place themselves in a place of superiority and entitlement.

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.

A baby that is conceived on October 18, 2024, will be born around July 11, 2025.

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