What Happened in 1918

  • Charlie Chaplin Marries Mildred Harris

    On 23 October 1918, Chaplin, age 29, married the popular child-actress, Mildred Harris, who was 16. They had one son, Norman Spencer Chaplin, born... Read more

  • Battle Of Château-Thierry

    The Battle of Château-Thierry was fought on July 18, 1918 and was one of the first actions the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) under General... Read more

  • Gandhi Begins Advocating on Behalf of Farmers in Kheda Subject to Oppressive Taxation During a Famine

    In Gujarat, Gandhi was only the spiritual head of the struggle. His chief lieutenant, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and a close coterie of devoted... Read more

  • Russian Civil War

    Russian Civil War... (1918-20), conflict in which the Red Army successfully defended the newly formed Bolshevik government against various Russian... Read more

  • Houdini Performs Vanishing Elephant Illusion at New York's Hippodrome Theatre

    When Houdini spread the "front" curtains and opened the "back" doors they were "faced" toward opposite wings. Jennie then strolled on stage, had... Read more

  • Minnie Pit Disaster

    In the Minnie pit at Halmerend, North Staffordshire , on January 12 th 1918 the conditions prevailing at the time were, begging disaster. A... Read more

  • 'Ulysses' is Serialized in The Little Review

    With almost no funds, Anderson, then 28, started The Little Review in Chicago in 1914. Heap joined her in 1916, and they moved the magazine to New... Read more

  • Flu Pandemic of 1918

    In the fall of 1918 the Great War in Europe was winding down and peace was on the horizon. The Americans had joined in the fight, bringing the... Read more

  • Louis Armstrong marries Daisy Parker

    On March 19, 1918, Louis married Daisy Parker from Gretna, Louisiana. They adopted a 3-year-old boy, Clarence Armstrong, whose mother, Louis's... Read more

  • Battle of Picardy

    On March 21st, 1918, Germany opened the great engagement which will probably prove to be the decisive battle of the war. This designation has... Read more

  • Operation Michael

    Operation Michael was a First World War German military operation that began the Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918. It was launched from the... Read more

  • Action of Khan Baghdadi

    The Action of Khan Baghdadi was an engagement during the Mesopotamian Campaign in World War I. The 15th Indian Division had been at Ramadi since... Read more

  • Toronto Arenas win Stanley Cup

    The 1918 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Toronto and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA)... Read more

  • Battle Of The Lys

    The Battle of the Lys (also known as the Lys Offensive, the Fourth Battle of Ypres, the Third Battle of Flanders (French: 3ème Bataille des... Read more

  • "A Dog's Life" (film) is Released

    A Dog's Life (1918) is a silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National... Read more

  • The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, is Shot Down and Killed

    Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service... Read more

  • Guatemala Declares War on Germany

    Like Tinoco, Guatemalan President Estrada Cabrera had his own reasons for declaring war on Germany. Over the previous twenty years Germany had... Read more

  • Ernest Hemingway Joins The Red Cross

    Hemingway first went to Paris upon reaching Europe, then traveled to Milan in early June after receiving his orders. The day he arrived, a... Read more

  • Nicaragua Declares War on Germany and Austria-Hungary

    The Dominican Republic, then still known as Santo Domingo, had been occupied by U.S. Marines since late 1916 and thus its government was obliged to... Read more

  • Costa Rica declares War on Germany

    Of course, these levels of 'involvement' differed hugely. Some countries mobilized millions of troops and fought hard for over four years, some... Read more

  • 'Exiles' is Published

    Critics of Joyce have usually paid less attention to this play than to his other work. In the literary career of Joyce, it is both important and... Read more

  • Third Battle Of The Aisne

    The Third Battle of the Aisne (French: 3e Bataille de L'Aisne) was a battle of the German Spring Offensive during World War I that focused on... Read more

  • Battle Of Cantigny

    The Battle of Cantigny, fought on 28 May 1918, the second day of the great German offensive, was the first American offensive of World War... Read more

  • Battle Of Belleau Wood

    The Battle of Belleau Wood (1 June 1918 – 26 June 1918) occurred during the German 1918 Spring Offensive in World War I, near the Marne River in... Read more

  • Battle Of Piave River

    The Battle of the Piave River, known in Italy as Battaglia del Solstizio (Battle of the Solstice), Battaglia di Mezzo Giugno (Battle of Middle... Read more

  • Hammond Circus Train Wreck

    At 3.56am on 22 June 1918, the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train had been moved onto a siding while it awaited clearance to proceed onto the line to... Read more

  • Chilwell Shell Filling Factory Explosion

    It's the forgotten tragedy in which 134 Nottingham workers were killed, and dozens more injured. It was also Britain's worst ever disaster... Read more

  • Battle of Hamel

    The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack launched by the Australian Corps of the Australian Imperial Force and several American... Read more

  • Great Train Wreck of 1918

    Because somebody blundered, at least 121 persons were killed and fifty-seven injured shortly after 7 o'clock on Tuesday morning, when Nashville,... Read more

  • Haiti Declares War on Germany

    A month after the United States declared war Haitian President Sudre Dartiguenave asked the Haitian Congress for a declaration of war because of... Read more

  • Battle Of Abu Tellul

    The Battle of Abu Tellul (14 July 1918) occurred during World War I between British and Ottoman forces fighting for the village of Abu Tellul near... Read more

  • Ingmar Bergman is Born

    Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. His influential body... Read more

  • Second Battle Of The Marne

    The Second Battle of the Marne (French: 2e Bataille de la Marne), or Battle of Reims (15 July to 6 August 1918) was the last major German Spring... Read more

  • Battle Of Soissons

    The Battle of Soissons (also known as the Battle of Soissonnais and of the Ourcq (French: Bataille du Soissonnais et de L'Ourcq)) was a World War I... Read more

  • Nelson Mandela is Born

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; born 18 July 1918 in Transkei, South Africa) is a former President of South... Read more

  • Honduras Declares War on Germany

    Honduran President Francisco Bertrand followed the United States' lead and broke relations at the same time Nicaragua did. In July 1918 it became... Read more

  • Battle Of Amiens

    The Battle of Amiens (also known as the Third Battle of Picardy (French: 3ème Bataille de Picardie)), which began on 8 August 1918, was the opening... Read more

  • Fanny Kaplan Attempts to Assassinate Vladimir Lenin

    According to official accounts, on August 30, 1918, Lenin was speaking at a Moscow factory called "Hammer and Sickle". As Lenin left the building... Read more

  • Battle Of Mont St. Quentin

    The Battle of Mont St. Quentin was a battle on the Western Front during World War I. As part of the Allied counteroffensives on the Western Front... Read more

  • 1918 World Series

    The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The Series victory for the Red Sox was their... Read more

  • The American Expeditionary Forces Launches Their First Major Offensive In Europe As An Independent Army

    On September 12, 1918, the American Expeditionary Forces under commander in chief General John J. Pershing launched their first major offensive in... Read more

  • Battle Of Saint-Mihiel

    The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a World War I battle fought between September 12 - 15, 1918, involving the American Expeditionary Force and 48,000... Read more

  • Battle Of Havrincourt

    The Battle of Havrincourt was a World War I battle fought on September 12, 1918, involving the British Third Army (under the command of General Sir... Read more

  • Battle Of Epehy

    The Battle of Épehy was a World War I battle fought on 18 September 1918, involving the British Fourth Army (under the command of General Henry... Read more

  • Battle Of Megiddo

    The Battle of Megiddo (Turkish: Megiddo Muharebesi, less commonly known as the Battle of Armageddon and sometimes called the Rout of Nablus (Nablus... Read more

  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive

    The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also called the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched... Read more

  • Battle Of Canal Du Nord

    The Battle of Canal du Nord was part of a general Allied offensive against German positions on the Western Front during the Hundred Days Offensive... Read more

  • Battle Of St. Quentin Canal

    The Battle of St Quentin Canal began on 29 September 1918 and involved Canadian, British, Australian and American forces spearheaded the attack... Read more

  • Getå Railroad Disaster

    In 1918 F 1200 was involved in the severe accident at Getå when passenger train 422 was derailed and hurled down a high embankment built against... Read more

  • Battle of Cambrai (1918)

    The Battle of Cambrai was a battle between troops of the British First, Third and Fourth Armies and German Empire forces during the Hundred Days... Read more