On Your Birthday: October 18



1767 – The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, was established.

1842 – Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.

1867 – The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7.2 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

1870 – The sand-blasting machine was patented.

1892 – The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York, NY, was opened when Chicago Mayor Hempstead Washburne greeted New York Mayor Hugh J. Grant.

1943 – The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957.

1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first transistor radio.

1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

1961 – Henri Matisse’s “Le Bateau” goes on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It is discovered 46 days later that the painting was hung upside down.

1967 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Jungle Book” was released.

1967 – The American League granted permission for the A’s to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.

1969 – The F.D.A. bans artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates due to evidence they cause cancer in laboratory rats.

1971 – After 34 years, the final issue of “Look” magazine was published.

1975 – Simon and Garfunkel reunited on “Saturday Night Live.”

1977 – Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three homeruns in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.

1983 – General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo Space Probe.

1991 – After a lengthy confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas swore to uphold the Constitution during an oath-taking ceremony at the White House.

1997 – A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

2001 – An assistant to CBS News anchor Dan Rather tests positive for anthrax.

2006 – Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.



Chuck Berry 1926 – Singer

Keith Jackson 1928 – Sportscaster

Dawn Wells 1938 – Actress (Played Mary Ann on TV’s “Gilligan’s Island”)

Mike Ditka 1939 – Football player and coach

Willie Horton 1942 – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers)

Joe Morton 1947 – Actor (“Speed”, “Ali”, “Blues Brothers 2000”, “Executive Decision”, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, “Crossroads”, “The Brother From Another Planet”, TV’s “Equal Justice”)

Pam Dawber 1951 – Actress (TV’s “Mork & Mindy”, “My Sister Sam”)

Martina Navratilova 1956 – Tennis player

Thomas Hearns 1958 – Boxer (“Hit Man”)

Erin Moran 1960 – Actress (Played Joanie on TV’s “Happy Days,” “Joanie Loves Chachi”)

Jean-Claude Van Damme 1960 – Actor (“Double Impact,” “Hard Target”, “Sudden Death”, “Timecop”, “Universal Soldier”, “Kickboxer”)

Wynton Marsalis 1961 – Musician

Sean Patrick Flanery 1965 – Actor (“Saw 3D”, “Powder”, “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones”, “The Dead Zone”, “The Boondock Saints”)

Freida Pinto 1984 – Actress (“Immortals”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, “Slumdog Millionaire”)

Zach Effron 1987 – Actor, singer (TV’s “High School Musical”, “Summerland”, movies “The Lucky One”, “17 Again”, “Neighbors”, “Parkland”, “Charlie St. Cloud”)

Joy Lauren 1989 – Actress (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”)

Tyler Posey 1991 – Actor (TV’s “Teen Wolf”)



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