Tuesday, October 18, 2016
History for October 18 - On-This-Day.com:
Henri Bergson 1859 - Philosopher, author, Chuck Berry (Charles Edward Anderson Berry) 1926 - Singer, George C. Scott 1927 - Actor ("Patton," "Taps")
Mike Ditka 1939 - Football player and coach, Lee Harvey Oswald 1939 - Accused of assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Martina Navratilova 1956 - Tennis player
1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
1943 - The first broadcast of "Perry Mason" was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957.
1961 - Henri Matiss' "Le Bateau" went on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down.
1968 - Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a "black power" salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.
1969 - The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.