1648 - On this day in history, the first US labor organization formed (Boston Shoemakers).
1767 - The boundary between MD & PA, Mason Dixon line, was agreed upon.
1862 - Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY: In May, Morgan's raiders captured two Union trains at Cave City, paroled everyone on board, returned one of the trains and sent the occupants back to Louisville.
1863 - Battle of Charlestown, WV: The Battle of Charlestown was a small engagement between Confederacy and Union forces on October 18, 1863, at Charleston, West Virginia, as part of the Bristoe and Mine Run Campaigns, resulting in a Confederate victory.
1867 - Today in history, US took formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
1898 - The American flag raised in Puerto Rico.
1942 - On this day in history, Hitler ordered allied commandos to be killed.
1945 - Nazi war-crime trial opened in Nuremberg.
SPORTS - Today in History, October 18th
1873 - Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football.
1889 - First all-NYC World Series and NY Giants (NL) played Brooklyn (AA).
1890 - John Owen was the first man to run the 100-yard dash in under 10 seconds.
1953 - Today in history, Willie Thrower became the first black NFL quarterback in modern times.
1955 - Track & Field named Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.
1968 - US Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony.
1977 - Reggie Jackson hit 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record, today in history.
SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, October 18th
1878 - Edison made electricity available for household usage.
1892 - First commercial long-distance phone line opened (Chicago-NY).
1954 - Texas Instruments announced the first Transistor radio.
1955 - University of California discovered anti-proton, on this day in history.
1962 - Dr. Watson (US) & Drs. Crick & Wilkins (Britain) won The Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA.
CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 18th
1776 - In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer ordered "cock tail."
1910 - Edward Forster published "Howards End."
1967 - Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released
HISTORY OF MUSIC - Today in History, October 18th
1946 - Aaron Copland's Third Symphony premiered.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - October 18th
1794 - Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer.
1920 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and political activist.
1921 - Jesse Helms, (Senator-D/R-North Carolina).
1922 - Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character.
1926 - Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker (Roll over Beethoven).
1927 - George C. Scott, Wise, Virginia, American actor/director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove).
1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, New Orleans, Louisiana, assassin (JFK).
1950 - Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright.
1956 - Martina Navratilova, Revnice. Czech Republic, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87).
1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels Belgian, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat).
1961 - Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans, LA, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983).