October 18


Events

Today's Trivia October 18, 1984: Actor Dies After Playing Russian Roulette with a Blank Gun

1984 Actor Dies After Playing Russian Roulette with a Blank Gun Jon-Erik Hexum dies from his injuries after shooting himself on the set of TV series Cover Up six days earlier. He was unaware that the explosion from blanks is deadly at close range.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1963: First Cat in Space

1963 First Cat in Space Félicette is sent into space in a capsule on top of a French Véronique AG1 rocket. Félicette traveled 120 miles into space for 1 hour and 20 minutes and then returned to Earth by parachute and was recovered safely. She is the only cat to have been sent into space and survived. She was a black and white female found on the streets of Paris and was selected from 14 cats the French trained for the mission.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1959: First pictures of the Far Side of the Moon

1959 First pictures of the Far Side of the Moon The Soviet Lunik 3 transmits its pictures, taken on the 7th, back to Earth.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1943: WWII Pigeon Saves 1,000 Lives

1943 WWII Pigeon Saves 1,000 Lives U.S. air bombings were scheduled against German positions at Calvi Vecchia, Italy. However, British troops had captured the village. Unable to get a message to the Americans to stop the bombings, they sent a carrier pigeon, named G.I. Joe. The pigeon travelled the 20 miles in 20 minutes, just in time to halt the bombings. G.I. Joe's swift flight is credited with saving over 1,000 lives.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1926: First Reigning Queen to Visit the US

1926 First Reigning Queen to Visit the US Queen Marie of Rumania arrives in New York City for a one month visit.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1968: The Beatles - Arrested

1968 The Beatles - Arrested John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested at Ringo's London flat for drug possession. They vowed that the drugs had been planted by the police.


1873 Football Representatives from Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton, and Yale universities meet in New York City to form the first set of rules for American football.


Births

Today's Trivia October 18, 1939: Lee Harvey Oswald

1939 Lee Harvey Oswald d. 1963 American assassin. Shot and killed U.S. Pres. Kennedy from the Texas School Book depository where he worked (1963). Oswald was shot and killed by night-club operator Jack Ruby.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1938: Dawn Wells

1938 Dawn Wells American actress, Miss Nevada (1959). TV: Gilligan's Island (1964-67, Mary Ann Summers). Her character, Mary Ann, is said to be based on Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Both lived on a farm in Kansas with their aunt and uncle and had pigtails. She was the only cast member to receive long-term residuals for work on Gilligan's Island.



Today's Trivia October 18, 1926: Chuck Berry

1926 Chuck Berry d. 2017 (Charles Edward Anderson Berry), American rock 'n' roller. He served two years in prison (1962-64) for transporting a 14-year-old across state lines to work as a hat-check girl in his St. Louis nightclub. Music: Roll Over Beethoven (1956), Sweet Little Sixteen (1958), Johnny B Goode (1958), and My Ding-A-Ling (1972, #1).



 


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