Today in History

Listings for Sunday, October 18, 2020.


  • 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.

Today In History