October 18: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1356 - Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
- 1851 - Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
- 1867 - United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
- 1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
- 1954 - Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
- Famous Birthdays: Frederick August Otto Schwarz (American entrepreneur), Wendy Wasserstein (American playwright), James Brooks (American painter), Baldassare Galuppi (Italian composer), Edward Winslow (Plymouth Colony founder)
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