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OCTOBER 18

1787 Robert Livingston Stevens (New Jersey-born Engineer, Naval Architect, and Inventor) Robert Livingston Stevens Inventors & Inventions Railroad Steamboats
1799 Christian Friedrich Schonbein (German Chemist) German Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry
1844 Harvey W. Wiley (Indiana-born Chemist; Chief Author of the U.S. Pure Food and Drug Act) Indiana Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry Foods and Nutrition Law and Legal Resources
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1871 Charles Babbage (English Inventor, Computing Pioneer) Charles Babbage Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
1886 Charles Whittlesey (Connecticut-born Attorney, Geologist in Ohio) Connecticut Scientists & Mathematicians Ohio Scientists & Mathematicians Geology Ohio Historical Society
1911 Alfred Binet (French Psychologist) French Scientists & Mathematicians Psychology
1931 Thomas Edison (Ohio-born Inventor) Thomas Edison Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
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1645 English Physician Daniel Whistler Is the First to Describe the Bone-Deformity Disease Rickets English Scientists and Mathematicians Rickets Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1881 St. Luke's Hospital Is Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Health Care Minnesota Historical Society
1888 The University of Minnesota School of Agriculture Opens with 47 Students Minnesota Education Education Farming & Agriculture Historic Firsts University of Minnesota School of Agriculture Minnesota Historical Society
1892 First Long Distance Telephone Line Is Opened between Chicago and New York Chicago New York City The Telephone New York Times
1895 A Sand Blizzard with Winds of 50 mph Spreads Fires Across Western Minnesota Minnesota Education Wind Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1896 St. Agnes Hospital Opens for African Americans in Raleigh, North Carolina North Carolina Health Care African American Heritage African American Registry UNC-TV
1906 Hurricane with 120 mph Winds Hits Key West, Florida, Killing 130 Florida Hurricanes Death Florida State Historical Society
1916 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Is Largest Ever Recorded in Alabama Alabama Earthquakes USGS
1918 State of Georgia Reports 2,749 New Flu Cases and 48 Deaths within Last 24 Hours Georgia 1918 Influenza Flu Pandemic University of Georgia
1962 Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins Are Selected for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine DNA 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Intellihealth
1967 Soviet Probe Is the First to Penetrate Venus Cloud Cover Venus Soviet Space Program Space Exploration BBC
1981 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 15, Creates Landslides in Venezuela Venezuela Earthquakes Death USGS
1984 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 3 in Turkey, Damages 75,000 Homes Turkey Earthquakes Death USGS
1989 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-34) Is Launched with Galileo Probe Aboard The Space Shuttle NASA
6.9 Magnitude California Earthquake Kills 62, Cancels Game 3 of the World Series California Earthquakes Major League Baseball Death USGS
5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 29 in China China Earthquakes Death USGS
1990 A Tornado Damages 30 Homes in Greenville, Delaware Greenville, Delaware Tornado State of Delaware
1992 7.3 Magnitude Colombian Earthquake Triggers Mud Volcano and Landslides Colombia Earthquakes Death USGS
1993 Space Shuttle STS 58 Is Launched The Space Shuttle NASA

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