18th September, on this day

96 Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated.
324 Constantine the Great decisively defeats Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine's sole control over the Roman Empire.
1180 Philip Augustus becomes king of France.
1454 In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army is defeated by Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years' War.
1502 Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final, voyage.
1544 Charles V of Germany and Francis I of France sign peace treaty (Truce of Crepy-en-Laonnois)
1573 Spanish attack on Alkmaar.
1635 Emperor Ferdinand II declares war on France.
1739 Treaty of Belgrade-Austria cedes Belgrade to Turks
1755 Fort Ticonderoga, NY opens
1759 British capture Quebec during the French and Indian War
1769 Boston Gazette reports 1st US piano (a spinet)
1793 Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
1809 Royal Opera House in London opens.
1810 A revolt in Chile, in South America, brings independence from Spain
1812 Fire of Moscow (1812) fades down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returns from Petrovsky Palace to Moscow Kremlin, spared from the fire
1830 A horse beats the 1st US made locomotive (near Baltimore)
1837 Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in New York City, New York. The store was called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium".
1838 Anti-Corn Law League established by Richard Cobden.
1850 The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act.
1851 Publication of the first edition of the New York Times
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.
1872 King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
1873 The Panic of 1873 begins.
1879 Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the first time.
1881 Chicago Tribune reports on a televide experiment
1885 Riots break out in Montreal to protest compulsory smallpox vaccination. s.
1895 Booker T Washington delivers "Atlanta Compromise" address
1898 Fashoda Incident - Lord Kitchener's ships reach Fashoda, Sudan.
1906 A major typhoon hits Hong Kong killing around 10,000 people
In Amsterdam, 25,000 demonstrate for general suffrage.
1911 Russian Premier Peter Stolypin shot at the Kiev Opera House
1911 Britain's 1st twin-engine airplane (Short S.39) test flown
1914 Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
1914 In Britain, an Irish Home Rule Bill is given the Royal Assent
1914 World War I: South African troops land in German South West Africa.
1919 The Netherlands gives women the right to vote.
1919 Fritz Pollard becomes the first African-American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
1919 Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast
1922 Hungary admitted to League of Nations.
1926 Hurricane hits Miami, kills 250
1927 Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.
1928 Juan de la Cierva makes first autogyro crossing of the English Channel.
1931 The Mukden Incident gives Japan the pretext to invade and occupy Manchuria.
1932 Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter "H" in the Hollywood sign.
1934 USSR admitted to League of Nations.
1939 Polish government of Ignacy Moscicki flees to Romania.
1939 William Joyce's first Nazi propaganda broadcast.
1940 World War II: Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani.
1943 The Jews of Minsk are massacred at Sobibór.
1943 Hitler orders deportation of Danish Jews.
1944 British submarine HMS Tradewind torpedoes Junyo Maru, 5,600 killed.
1945 Gen. Douglas MacArthur moves his command headquarters to Tokyo.
1945 1000 whites walk out of Gary Ind schools to protest integration
1947 The U.S. Air Force is separated from the US Army to become a separate branch.
1948 Ralph J Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine
1948 The start of the 'Berlin Airlift' - when British and American planes defy a 3-month Russian blockade and begin ferrying thousands of tonnes of food supplies and petrol into West Berlin
1949 British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Stafford Cripps announces a 30 per cent devaluation of the pound from 4.03 dollars to 2.80 dollars
1957 "Wagon Train" premiers
1959 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
1960 Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
1961 U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the war-torn Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1962 Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica and Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to the UN
1964 Constantine II of Greece marries Danish princess Anne-Marie.
1964 North Vietnamese Army begins infiltration of South Vietnam.
1965 "Get Smart" premiers
1970 Jimi Hendrix dies after choking on his own vomit.
1972 First Ugandans expelled by Idi Amin arrive in the UK.
1973 East and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations.
1974 Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
1975 Heiress/bank robber Patricia Campbell Hearst captured by FBI in SF
1976 For 3 minutes a fifth of the world's popuplation - 1,000 million Chinese - stand in silent tribute at the beginning of a memorial service for their dead leader Mao Tse-Tung
1977 US Voyager I takes 1st space photograph of Earth and Moon together
1978 Leaders of Israel and Egypt reach a settlement for the Middle East at Camp David.
1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid and Valentina Kozlov defect
1979 Steven Lachs, appointed Calif's 1st admittedly gay judge
1980 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
1981 France abolishes execution by guillotine - used for more than 200 years to behead those sentenced to death
1982 Christian militia begin massacre of 600 Palestinians in Lebanon
1984 Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
1988 End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students) were killed by the Tatmadaw.
1989 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
1990 A 500 lb 6' Hershey Kiss is displayed at 1 Times Square, NYC
1990 Atlanta is chosen to host the 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics
1990 Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
1991 Yugoslavia began a naval blockade of 7 Adriatic port cities.
1992 An explosion rocks Giant Mine at the height of a labour dispute, killing 9 replacement workers.
1997 In Britain, a controversial portrait of Moors murderer Myra Hindley at the Royal Academy in London is damaged by protesters
1997 By a slim majority among those who voted - a majority of less than 7,000 - a referendum in Wales says 'Yes' to devolution and the creation of the country's own parliamentary assembly
1997 U.S. media magnate Ted Turner donates USD $1 billion to the United Nations
1998 ICANN is formed.
2001 First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
2003 The UK's Local Government Act 2003, repealing Section 28, receives Royal Assent.
2006 Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, on which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
2007 President General Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president
2007 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some call the Saffron Revolution .

18th September 2005

Slim victory' for German right

Afghanistan holds landmark vote

Iran warning on sanctions threat

18th September 2006

Somali leader survives bomb blast

Afghan suicide attackers kill 17

Lift-off for woman space tourist

18th September 2007

Iraq to review all security firms

'Tear gas used' on Burma monks

Saudi women challenge driving ban

18th September 2008

Central bank moves cheer markets

Sea battle off Sri Lankan coast

Mexican jail riot leaves 19 dead

18th September 2009

Clashes erupt at Iran mass rally

Carnage in Pakistan market attack

Deadly bomb hits Iraqi shoppers

18th September 2010

Birthdates which occurred on 18th September:

1684 Johann Gottfried Walther Erfurt Germany, composer/Musicographer
1709 Dr Samuel Johnson writer (Boswell's tour guide)
1733 George Read lawyer/signed Declaration of Independence
1752 Adrien-Marie Legendre mathematician, worked on elliptic integrals
1779 Joseph Story Mass, US Supreme Court justice (1812-45)
1819 Jean-Bernard-L‚on Foucault his pendulum proved Earth rotates
1870 Clark Wissler anthropologist (American Indian)
1883 Lord Berners (Gerald Tyrwhitt) England, composer (1st Childhood)
1893 Arthur Benjamin Sydney Australia, composer (Jamaican Rumba)
1895 John G Diefenbaker Neustadt Ontario, 13th Canadian PM (C) (1957-63)
19-- David Forsyth actor (Search for Tomorrow, John-Another World)
19-- Jim Brogan Boston Mass, comedian (Out of the Blue)
19-- Lita Ford rocker (If I Close My Eyes Forever)
19-- Ricardo "Ricky" Bell rocker (New Edition-Heart Break)
1901 Harold Clurman producer/director (Deadline at Dawn)
1905 Agnes De Mille NYC, choreographer (Oklahoma)
1905 Claudette Colbert Paris, actress (Lily Chauchoin, Arise My Love)
1905 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Oakland Calif, actor (Jack Benny Show)
1905 Greta Garbo Stockholm (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Camille)
1916 John J Rhodes (Rep-R-Az)
1916 Rossano Brazzi Bologna Italy, actor (Antaeus-Survivors)
1920 Jack Warden Newark NJ, actor (NYPD, Crazy Like a Fox, Norby)
1924 Zelda Fichandler Boston, theater director/producer (Raisin, K2)
1925 Harvey Haddix baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th)
1928 Phyllis Kirk Syracuse NY, actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show)
1932 Jack Mullaney Pitts Pa, actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time)
1932 Nikolai N Rukavishnikov cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33)
1933 Jimmie Rodgers Wash, country singer (Honeycomb)
1933 Robert Blake Nutley NJ, (Baretta, Little Rascals, Coast to Coast)
1933 Roman Polanski Paris France, director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown)
1939 Fred Willard Ohio, comedian (Fernwood 2 Night, Real People)
1940 Frankie Avalon Phila, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus)
1941 Mariangela Melato Milan Italy, actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night)
1944 Charles Lacy Veach Chicago Illinois, astronaut (STS 39)
1955 Jeana Tomasino Milwaukee Wis, playmate (Nov, 1980)
1964 Holly Robinson Phila, actress (21 Jump Street)
1966 Spike vocal/guitar (Ian Spice Breathe, Flash Cadillac-R&R Forever)


Deaths which occurred on September 18th:
1949 Frank Morgan actor (Annie Get Your Gun), dies at 59
1961 Dag Hammarskjold UN Sect General, dies in an air crash over the Congo
1968 Francis McDonald Bowling Green Ky, actor (Will-Adv of Champion)
1970 Jimi Hendrix rock guitarist, dies at 27 in London
1979 Gene Kelly sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60