October 18

October 18 Information from the Holidays and Observances website!

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on October 18, include:

  • Alaska Day - October 18, 2024 (Usually on October 18th) 
  • Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day 
  • Global Champagne Day - October 18, 2024 (Third Friday in October)
  • Hard Boiled Guy/Girl Day
  • International Necktie Day 
  • Mammography Day - October 18, 2024 (Third Friday in October)
  • Meatloaf Appreciation Day 
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day 
  • National No Beard Day 
  • Newspaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day 
  • World Menopause Day 
  • World Student Day - October 18, 2024 (Third Friday in October)

2024 Weekly Holidays that include October 18, are:

  • Info. to Come!

2024 Monthly Holidays that include October 18, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our October Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of October.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Info. to Come!

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 18 is Libra which spans from September 23 to October 23.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of October is:

  • Marigold is a Mediterranean native plant and has been prized for both its beauty and versatility. They come in a range of colors including white, gold, and yellow; however, probably the most popular is bright orange.

This year, I used several flats of marigolds around all my vegetables that I was growing.  I also re-potted a bunch of hanging baskets with succulents and put some yellow marigolds in each one for some color.


The Birthstone(s) for October are :

  • Opal gemstones are truly unique, because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
  • Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it's available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1926 - Chuck Berry, American singer and songwriter who was nicknamed the "Father of Rock and Roll" (d. 2017)
  • 1927 - George C. Scott, American actor and director (Patton) (d. 1999)
  • 1939 - Mike Ditka, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1951 - Pam Dawber, American actress and producer (Mork & Mindy)
  • 1956 - Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakia-American tennis player and coach
  • 1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian martial artist, actor, producer and screenwriter

Famous Deaths

  • 1541 - Margaret Tudor, Queen and wife of James IV of Scotland (born 1489)
  • 1871 - Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer who invented the mechanical computer (b. 1791)
  • 1931 - Thomas Edison, American engineer and businessman who invented the light bulb and phonograph
  • 1966 - Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-American businesswoman who founded Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (b. 1878)
  • 1973 - Walt Kelly, American illustrator and animator (Comic strip Pogo) (b. 1913)
  • 1982 - Bess Truman, American wife of Harry S. Truman who was the 40th First Lady of the United States (b. 1885) 

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1986 - Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac marries keyboardist Eduardo Quintela
  • 1986 - NFL player Frank Gifford marries Kathie Lee Johnson
  • 2000 - Actress Demi Moore divorces actor Bruce Willis after 13 years of marriage

Quote of the Day

Do Not Give Up!!

Do Not Give Up!! Hang in there....keep trying! Find help, or someone to talk to! 

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

    Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week - October 17-24

At this time pregnancy and autism is a hot topic, because almost 1% of all babies born, will be diagnosed on the autism spectrum in their lifetime. Autism is rising at an alarming rate! The statistics are alarming. It’s a world crisis!

There may be genetics involved, but there may be environmental triggers also, and they are not known at this time. They will probably end up being something very prevalent, because autism is so prevalent.

Healthy Diet Habits to adopt until a cause or causes is found are:

  • Limit foods containing chemicals, pesticides, nitrates, and antibiotics.
  • Find out more from Kerry's Pregnancy and Autism page on her Healthy Diet Habits website!!

This Day in History

  • 1648 - Shoemakers of Boston form the first American labor organization
  • 1851 - Moby Dick by Herman Melville is first published under the name of The Whale by Richard Bentley of London
  • 1867 - Russia sells Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million
  • 1898 - The United States takes possession of Puerto Rico from Spain
  • 1944 - During World War II, the Soviet Union starts the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi Germany
  • 1954 - Texas Instruments announces the first transistor radio
  • 1979 - The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) starts allowing people to have home satellite earth stations without a federal government license
  • 2019 - The first all female spacewalk occurs when female NASA Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch venture out of the International Space Station to replace a power controller 

This Day in Music

  • 1969 - I Want You Back is the song that The Jackson 5 sing to make their national TV debut on the Hollywood Palace
  • 1975 - Windsong by John Denver hits #1 on the album charts in America
  • 2008 - Adele goes on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest and sings Cold Shoulder (video below), and Chasing Pavements

This Day in Sports

  • 1930 - Joseph Sylvester is the first jockey to win 7 races in one day
  • 1968 - U.S. athletes sweep the medals in the men's 400m race at the Mexico City Olympics with Lee Evans winning the gold in 43.86s ahead of Larry James and Ron Freeman
  • 1977 - The New York Yankees win their 21st World Championship
  • 1977 - Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive home runs tying Babe Ruth's series record

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

(whilere) adj. 

1. (archaic) A while ago; a time before; formerly, previously

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