On this date in history:
In 1497, the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence, Italy, took place when followers of Girolamo Savonarola burned thousands of books, art and cosmetics.
In 1940, British railroads were nationalized.
In 1964, the Beatles arrived in the United States for the first time and immediately set off a frantic wave of Beatlemania.
In 1973, the U.S. Senate voted to set up a committee to investigate a break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.
In 1979, Josef Mengele, to so-called Nazi Angel of Death who conducted medical experiments on victims -- mostly Jewish people -- during the Holocaust. His death -- caused by a stroke while swimming in Brazil -- wasn't revealed until 1985.
In 1984, U.S. astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart made the first untethered spacewalks. McCandless was the first to float freely in space, propelled by a nitrogen-powered jetpack after leaving the shuttle Challenger.
In 1990, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev issued a series of reforms and the Communist Party gave up its 70-year monopoly of political power in the Soviet Union.
In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was inaugurated as Haiti's first democratically elected president in 186 years.
In 1992, the European Union was created when the Maastricht Treaty was signed.
In 1995, the mastermind in the 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was arrested in Pakistan. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1998.
In 1999, King Hussein of Jordan died of cancer at age 63. Hussein ruled Jordan for 46 years.
In 2009, the most deadly series of brushfires in Australian history claimed more than 200 lives, destroyed almost 2,000 homes and burned at least 1.1 million acres in Victoria state.
In 2010, Viktor Yanukovich regained the Ukrainian presidency.
In 2014, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, had a spectacular opening ceremony. Performers in the show watched by 40,000 people at the Olympic stadium, included Cossack dancers, ballerinas, puppeteers and acrobats.
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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.