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Today In History - October 18

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Today in History in 1878  inventor Thomas Alva Edison makes electricity available for household use and in 1931 he died in West Orange, New Jersey at age 84.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock.
  • 1685 - French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants
  • 1867 - US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
  • 1878 - Edison makes electricity available for household use
  • 1962 - Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1892 - Leo G Carroll, Weedon England, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle)
  • 1919 - Pierre Trudeau, Montreal Quebec, 15th Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1920 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and political activist (d. 1994)
  • 1921 - Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
  • 1922 - Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character
  • 1926 - Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker (Roll over Beethoven)
  • 1926 - Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Poland, actor (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1927 - George C. Scott, Wise, Virginia, American actor/director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove)
  • 1928 - Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
  • 1935 - Peter Boyle, Norristown Pennsylvania, American actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • 1938 - Dawn Wells, American actress
  • 1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, New Orleans, Louisiana, assassin (JFK), (d. 1963)
  • 1939 - Mike Ditka, Carnegie Pennsylvania, NFL coach/tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961)
  • 1956 - Martina Navratilova, Revnice Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)
  • 1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels Belgian, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat)
  • 1961 - Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans La, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983)
  • 1987 - Zac Efron, TV actor, born in San Luis Obispo, California, USA (CSI: Miami, ER)

Famous Weddings

  • 1869 - Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (49) weds his mistress Rosa Vercellana (36) in Italy
  • 1926 - Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou
  • 1952 - Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico
  • 1970 - Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Marvin (40)
  • 1986 - "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Famous Divorces

  • 2000 - Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1541 - Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1931 - Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84
  • 1982 - Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97
  • 1997 - Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 2000 - Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2000 - Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)

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