On this date in history:
In 1649, British King Charles I was beheaded by order of Parliament.
In 1798, the first fight to break out on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives began when one congressman spat in another's face.
In 1835, a gunman fired twice on Andrew Jackson, the first attempt on the life of a U.S. president. Jackson wasn't injured.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as chancellor of Germany.
In 1943, the British air force bombed Berlin in a daylight raid timed to coincide with a speech by Herman Goering marking Adolf Hitler's 10th year in power.
In 1948, Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.
In 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces launched a massive attack, known as the Tet Offensive, against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.
In 1969, the Beatles staged an impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. The event, which became part of the documentary film Let It Be, was the last public appearance by the band.
In 1972, in what became known as Bloody Sunday, 13 Roman Catholics were killed by British troops during a banned civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
In 1979, the Iranian government announced it would let Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini return from exile. Washington responded by ordering the evacuation of all U.S. dependents from Iran.
In 1993, parents donated portions of their own lungs to their daughter with cystic fibrosis in a pioneering transplant surgery in Los Angeles.
In 2000, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed into the sea off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire, killing 169 people.
In 2003, a U.S. judge sentenced Richard Reid to life in prison for trying to set off plastic explosives in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001.
In 2011, international aid groups said red tape and corruption in Haiti were withholding a massive array of supplies a year after a catastrophic earthquake struck the country.
In 2014, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said he would not seek re-election in November, ending 40 years in Congress.
In 2016, Boko Haram militants attacked the Nigerian villages of Dalori and Walori, killing at least 86 people and injuring dozens.
In 2017, scientists reveal humans' earliest known relative -- Saccorhytus coronarius -- was a 540 million-year-old small, deep-sea creature resembling a shrunken grocery sack.
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A thought for the day: If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. -- Charles Darwin
On this day in history:
In 1776, the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania was established. Dubbed the Mason-Dixon line, it became the unofficial boundary between North and South.
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Those born on this day include:
- Toy company founder Frederick August Otto Schwarz in 1836
- novelist Fannie Hurst in 1889
- former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1919
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018 with 74 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
On October 18th, 1922, the BBC was founded.
A thought for the day: Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, The soul is healed by being with children.