Cheshiresoft CDAY Almanac

Today is Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Birthdays

1777 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist, poet
1900 Lotte Lenya
1919 Pierre Trudeau, Canadien
1921 Jesse Helms
1923 Melina Mercouri
1926 Chuck Berry Rock 'n' roll star
1927 George C. Scott, actor (Patton)
1939 Lee Harvey Oswald
1939 Mike Ditka
1947 Laura Nyro
1951 Pam Dawber
1956 Martina Navratilova, tennis champ, in Prague Czechoslovakia
1960 Jean-Claude Van Damme
1961 Wynton Marsalis

Events

Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion.
The start of the Moslem New Year.
1685 Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism.
1867 US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million).
1869 The United States take possession of Alaska.
1873 The Ivy League establishes rules for college football.
1892 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago - NYC)
1922 British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, is established.
1962 Watson of US, Crick & Wilkins of Britain win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining the structure of DNA.
1968 Robert Beaman of US broad jumps a record 8.90 m. Still stands.
1968 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos, for giving `black power' salute as a protest during victory ceremony

That's all for today.

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