What Happened On This Day – September 18
1998 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is founded
Author Esther Dyson became the first chairperson of the now non-profit organization, which was initially under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2009, the Department of Commerce gave up its control over ICANN, which is responsible for maintaining the Domain Name System (DNS) on the Internet.
1973 West Germany adopts the Deutsche Mark
This action replaced the East German Mark and helped complete the economic reunification part of the union between East and West Germany.
1959 Vanguard 3 is launched into Earth's orbit
The geocentric satellite was launched into Earth's orbit by a Vanguard rocket, built by Glenn L. Martin Company, which is now known as Lockheed-Martin.
1934 USSR joins the League of Nations
It was expelled just a few years later for its aggressive actions towards Finland.
1872 Oscar II becomes King of Norway and Sweden
He succeeded his brother Charles XV and IV
Births On This Day – September 18
1971 Jada Pinkett Smith
American model, actress
1961 James Gandolfini
1905 Greta Garbo
1709 Samuel Johnson
English author, lexicographer
Deaths On This Day – September 18
1970 Jimi Hendrix
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1961 Dag Hammarskjöld
Swedish diplomat, economist, author, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Prize Laureate
1830 William Hazlitt
English critic, painter
1783 Leonhard Euler
Swiss mathematician, physicist