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OCTOBER 18

1900 Lotte Lenya (Austrian Classical Dancer, Singer and Actress) Austrian Performing Artists Dance Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1920 Melina Mercouri (Greek Actress) Greek Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1926 Chuck Berry (Missouri-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Chuck Berry Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African Americans Performing Artists
1927 George C. Scott (West Virginia-born Actor) George C. Scott Stage & Theater Film
1960 Jean Claude Van Damme (Belgian Actor) Belgian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1961 Wynton Marsalis (New Orleans-born Trumpeter) Wynton Marsalis Popular Musicians African Americans Performing Artists
Erin Moran (California-born Actress: Happy Days) California Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1928 Keith Jackson (Georgia-born Sports Broadcaster) Georgia Sports Figures Football Television Internet Movie Database
1933 Forrest Gregg (Texas-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1939 Mike Ditka (Pennsylvania-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1942 Willie Horton (Detroit-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) Detroit Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball African-American Sports Figures State of Michigan
1956 Martina Navratilova (Czech Republic-born American Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) Martina Navratilova International Tennis Hall of Fame
1984 Esperanza Spalding (Oregon-born Jazz Musician) Esperanza Spalding Jazz Latin-American Performing Artists African Americans Performing Artists
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1892 First Long Distance Telephone Line Is Opened between Chicago and New York Chicago New York City The Telephone New York Times
1919 Rolls-Royce America Is Established Automobiles Rolls Royce History Channel
1922 Robin Hood Opens at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood Los Angeles Douglas Fairbanks Film Internet Movie Database
1924 Red Grange Scores First 4 Times He Has the Ball: Illinois 39 Michigan 14 College Football Hall of Fame University of Illinois Football University of Michigan Football New York Times
1950 John Steinbeck's Play Burning Bright Opens in New York New York John Steinbeck Plays American Collection
1961 Film Version of West Side Story Opens in New York City New York City Leonard Bernstein <I>West Side Story</I> Internet Movie Database
1968 Bob Beamon and Lee Evans Smash World Records at Mexico City Olympics Mexico City Olympics Afican-American Sports Figures New York Times
Tommie Smith and John Carlos Suspended for Black Power Salute on Olympic Medals Stand Mexico City Olympics Civil Rights/Human Rights Afican-American Sports Figures New York Times
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Arrested for Drug Possession John Lennon The Beatles Law & Legal Resources Crime Illegal Drugs History Channel
1989 6.9 Magnitude California Earthquake Kills 62, Cancels Game 3 of the World Series California Earthquakes Major League Baseball Death USGS

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