On This Day: October 18th
This is 291st day of the year and 74 days remain in the year.
The first Balkan War broke out.
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
Gilad Shalit, a 25-year-old Israeli soldier, is released after being held for more than five years by Hamas. He is exchanged for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Shalit had been held in Gaza since Palestinian militants kidnapped him in 2006.
October 18 BirthdaysChuck Berry1926—, American rock music guitarist, singer, and songwriter
Martina Navratilovatennis player
George C. Scottactor
Lee Harvey Oswaldpresumed assassin
Jean-Claude Van Dammeactor
Pierre Elliott Trudeauformer Prime Minister
Edward Winslowfounders of Plymouth Colony
Lotte Lenyasinger and actress
Wynton Marsalistrumpeter, bandleader, and composer