Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for October 18, 2020:

42nd calendar week, 292nd day of the year

74 days until the end of the year

Zodiac sign: Libra

Name day: Mono, Lukas, Gwenn

HISTORICAL DATA

2019 - The Bundestag passes new regulations on property tax.

The tax level should be based primarily on the value of the land and buildings.

The countries can decide for themselves whether to do so.

The Federal Council approves on November 8th.

2019 - Despite criticism of his tough modernization course, CSU party leader Markus Söder is confirmed in office with 91.3 percent at the party congress in Munich.

2010 - China's Vice President Xi Jinping is promoted to the powerful military commission as vice chief.

This underscores the status of the “Crown Prince” as the likely successor to the head of state and party leader Hu Jintao.

2000 - The American Congress decides to relax the sanctions against Cuba.

Food and medication should be excluded in the future.

1982 - Start of the tennis career of Steffi Graf (entry as a professional player at the WTA)

1977 - The anti-terror unit GSG 9 of the Federal Border Guard storms the Lufthansa plane "Landshut", which had been hijacked since October 13, in Mogadishu (Somalia) and frees the hostages.

1865 - The first General German Women's Association (ADF) is founded in Leipzig.

1685 - With the Edict of Fontainebleau, King Louis XIV removes the legal basis of France's Reformed Church and drives over 200,000 Huguenots to flight.

1356 - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook the city of Basel.

Houses collapse, fires break out.

Depending on the source, between 100 and 2000 people die.

BIRTHDAYS

1984 - Freida Pinto (36), Indian actress, («Slumdog Millionaire»)

1968 - Michael Stich (52), German tennis player, Wimbledon winner 1991, athlete of the year 1991, Olympic champion together with Boris Becker in the men's doubles in Barcelona 1992

1962 - Iris Hanika (58), German writer ("Meet two", "Echo's chambers")

1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme (60), Belgian actor («Bloodsport», «Hard Targets», «The Legionnaire»)

1920 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress (“Stella”, “Sunday Never”, “Topkapi”), singer and politician, Minister of Culture of Greece 1981-1989 and 1993-94, died 1994, (according to earlier information, born in 1925)

DAYS OF DEATH

2010 - Joachim Herz, German opera director and opera director, chief director of the Dresden State Opera 1981-1991, director of the Komische Oper Berlin 1976-1981, director of the Leipzig Opera 1959-1976, b.

1924

1990 - Heinz-Oskar Vetter, German trade union politician, chairman of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) 1969-1982, member of the European Parliament 1979-1989, b.

1917

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