On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Herman Melville publishes Moby Dick.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession.
Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan after eight years in self-imposed exile.
African American poet Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery.
Adolf Hitler gives orders to establish the German national militia.
Communist party leader Erich Honecker is forced to step down as the head of East Germany after 18 years in power.
Born on This Day
Born: October 18, 1956
Age: 56 years old
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Occupation: Tennis Player
1987 | 25 years old
1961 | 51 years old
Songwriter, Trumpet Player
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer / 1926 -
Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers of rhythm-and-blues and rock 'n' roll music during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. He's known for songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "My Ding-a-Ling."
Born: October 18, 1926
Age: 86 years old
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
1939 | 24 years old
1927 | 71 years old
Died on This Day
Entrepreneur, Inventor / 1847 - 1931
Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the electric light bulb, the telephone and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than a 1,000 patents for his inventions.
Died: October 18, 1931
Age: 84 years old
Place: West Orange, New Jersey , United States
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Inventor
Business Leader, Political Leader, Publisher / 1848 - 1919
William Waldorf Astor was a wealthy descendant of John Jacob Astor who became a New York State senator and a member of the New York State Assembly.
1919 | 71 years old
Business Leader, Political Leader, ...
1893 | 75 years old
Women's Rights Activist, Journalist
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