Today in History for 18th October 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Eisenhower, Bradley and Montgomery confer in Brussels
1953 – Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
1955 – University of California discovers anti-proton
1961 – “West Side Story”, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
1973 – Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin
1992 – Start of Zimbabwe’s 1st Test match, v India at Harare

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Famous Birthdays

1844 – Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer
1865 – Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
1898 – Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 1974)
1905 – Felix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory coast (1960-93)
1941 – William “Billy” Cox, Guitarist (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
1965 – Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist

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Famous Deaths

1503 – Pius III, [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies
1744 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, dies at 84
1985 – Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc’er, hanged at 30
1995 – Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56
2011 – Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
2013 – Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon and Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), dies at 89

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