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The Battle of Dyrrhachium took place.
In 1081, the Battle of Dyrrhachium took place. During the battle, the Byzantine army under Alexios I Komnenos was defeated by the Southern Italian Normans under Robert Guiscard.
In 1240, the Ukrainian city of Chernigov surrendered. However, even after surrendering, the city was still sacked and pillaged by the Mongolian army of Batu Khan. Batu Khan was one of (many) grandchildren of Genghis Khan, and would continue to conquest up until his death in 1255.
Phillis Wheatley was freed.
In 1775, African-American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery. She went on to become the first ever African American author of published poetry in book form – and is therefore revered as a trailblazer in her own right. Some of her most popular poems include An Hymn To The Morning, A Farewell To America, and His Excellency General Washington.
Special Days Falling on October 18thOctober 18th is just as much about the celebrations as it is about the history. Here are some of the biggest celebrations taking place around the world today.
Flora Duffy Day
For the people of Bermuda, every October 18th is Flora Duffy Day. The national holiday is dedicated to Dame Flora Duffy D.B.E., a Bermudian triathlete. She won the first-ever gold medal for Bermuda at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In doing so, she made Bermuda the smallest country to win a gold medal at the Olympics yet!
World Menopause Day
World Menopause Day is designed to spread awareness about the transition women everywhere have to go through. For some, it can be easier to go through than others, but whatever your experience, it’s a huge biological change. For many women, menopause can be a frightening time – which is why it’s important to reach out for resources and help today if you’re experiencing it.