18 October It Happened Today
1685 Louis XIV of France revokes the 1598 Edict of Nantes.
1865 Death of former British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston.
1898 The US takes possession of Puerto Rico from Spain.
1910 The trial of Dr Crippen begins at the Old Bailey in London.
1931 Prolific inventor, Thomas Alva Edison dies.
1966 The Queen grants a Royal Pardon for Timothy Evans, hanged in 1950 for the murder of his wife and child at 10 Rillington Place in London.
1977 Passengers aboard hijacked Lufthansa jet are freed as special forces storm plane at Mogadishu airport.
1989 East Germany’s leader, Erich Honecker is forced to quit his position.