Concerning October 18th.

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 291st day of the year, with 74 days remaining.

Alaska Day.

Born today : Rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry, in 1926; also, George C. Scott (1927), Dawn Wells (1938), Pam Dawber (1951), Wynton Marsalis (1961), and Rachel Clark (1970).

Departed today : Sebastian S. Kresge, founder of K-Mart, in 1966.

Today in history : American athlete Bob Beamon set a record that stood for 23 years with a long jump of 8.9 meters (a little over 29 feet) during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : Harald Harefoot was the third ruler in the Danish line of the English monarchy; he ruled from 1035 to 1040.  From Shott’s Original Miscellany

Quote of the day : “To be free is to have achieved your life.” – Tennessee Williams.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Hobbyhorse (hah-bee-horss) 1 a : a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance.  From Merriam-Webster

October comes from octo, Latin for eight.
October was originally the eighth month in the Roman calendar.

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.

October birthstone : Opal, for hope.

October flower : The calendula, Calendula officinalis.

“October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came; the ashes, oaks, and maples, and those of every name” – George Cooper.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.