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.

2011 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.

2007 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.

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

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

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 took 1,191 lives and cost $382 million at the time. Hazel even reached Canada and 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 cost just $7.2 million, around $132 million in today's money.

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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 6.0-7.1. It is known as Séisme de la Saint-Luc and was central Europe's most significant historic seismological event.

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
35 years old
Born In:
California, USA
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1991 Tyler Posey

American Actor

Tyler Posey
31 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1979 Ne-Yo

American Singer

43 years old
Born In:
Arkansas, USA

1960 Jean-Claude Van Damme

Belgian Actor

Jean-Claude Van Damme
62 years old
Born In:
Brussels, Belgium

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1847 - 1931 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.

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

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

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!

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Cats can drink seawater without becoming dehydrated, where most animals (including humans) would die of dehydration.

October 18 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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, 2023, will be born around July 11, 2024.

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