October 18

This Day in History

1961

MOMA Hangs Matisse Painting Upside-Down

On this day in 1961, New Yorkers filing into the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition "The Last Works of Henri Matisse" would have been forgiven for not noticing that one of the most elegant of the … (more...)

1941

The "Spy Who Changed the World" Arrested

Soviet spy Richard Sorge, widely regarded as one of the most successful spies of World War II, was arrested in Tokyo for espionage on this day in 1941. The youngest of nine children born in … (more...)

1860

Peking’s Summer Palace Destroyed

British troops occupying Peking, China, loot and then burn the Yuanmingyuan, the fabulous summer residence built by the Manchu emperors in the 18th century. China's Qing leadership surrendered to the … (more...)

1016

1001 years ago – The Battle of Assandun

The 18th October 2017 will mark the 1001st anniversary of one of the most important conflicts ever fought on English soil, the Battle of Assandun, a major confrontation between the Anglo Saxons and … (more...)