by Bob Fields

On October 18:

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George C. Scott (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1595 – Edward Winslow, Mayflower passenger, 3rd Governor of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (d. 1655).
1919 – Pierre Trudeau, Canadian lawyer, academic, and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2000).
1926 – Chuck Berry*, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (“Johnny B. Goode“).
1927 – George C. Scott*, American actor and director (d. 1999) (Patton, Dr. Strangelove).
1935 – Peter Boyle*, American actor (d. 2006) (Young Frankenstein, Everybody Loves Raymond).
1960 – Jean-Claude Van Damme*, Belgian martial artist, actor, and director (Universal Soldier).
1961 – Wynton Marsalis*, American trumpet player, composer, and educator, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner.


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1541 – Margaret Tudor, English wife of James IV of Scotland, elder sister of Henry VIII (b. 1489).
1871 – Charles Babbage*, English mathematician and engineer, invented the mechanical computer (b. 1791).
1931 – Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman, invented the light bulb and phonograph (b. 1847).
1973 – Walt Kelly*, American comic illustrator and animator (b. 1913) (Pogo).
1982 – Bess Truman, wife of Harry S. Truman, 40th First Lady of the US (b. 1885).

Other Events:

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1469 – Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon are married, uniting the Spanish empire. They ordered the expulsion of all Jews and Muslims, established the Spanish Inquisition, and authorized the expeditions of Christopher Columbus.
1685 – King Louis XIV of France revokes the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration the Protestant Huguenots, driving an exodus and increasing the hostility of Protestant nations bordering France.
1767 – Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon* complete their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, creating the  Mason-Dixon line. It served as a demarcation line for the legality of slavery.
1851 – Herman Melville‘s Moby-Dick is first published.
1867 – The US takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million, negotiated by Secretary of State William H. Seward (1801-72).
1898 – The US takes possession of Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American War.
1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is founded.
1942 – Vice. Adm. William F. Halsey replaces Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley* as commander, South Pacific.
1944 – World War II: Soviet Union begins the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi Germany.
1945 – Argentine military officer and President Juan Perón marries actress Eva “Evita” Duarte*.
1962 – Francis Crick* and James D. Watson are awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.
1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith* and John Carlos* for giving a “Black Power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics.
2007 – Karachi bombing: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto* ends eight years of self-imposed exile. A suicide attack on her motorcade kills 139 and wounds 450. Bhutto is uninjured.

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