News and Events of 1918

World Events

  • Russian revolutionaries execute the former czar and his family. Russian Civil War between Reds (Bolsheviks) and Whites (anti-Bolsheviks); Reds win in 1920.

  • Allied troops (U.S., British, French) intervene in Russia (March). Background: World War I

  • Second Battle of the Marne (July-Aug.)

  • German Kaiser abdicates (Nov.); hostilities cease on the Western Front.

  • Japanese hold Vladivostok until 1922.

  • Worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic strikes; by 1920, nearly 20 million are dead. In U.S. alone, 500,000 perish.

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Woodrow Wilson
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Population: 103,208,000

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  • Daylight Saving Time goes into effect (March).

  • New York's worst subway accident kills 92 and injures 100 after a train jumps a track in Brooklyn at 30 mph (five times the speed limit) (Nov. 2).


Federal spending:   $12.68 billion
Consumer Price Index:   15.1
Unemployment:   1.4%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


World Series
Boston Red Sox d. Chicago Cubs (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Toronto Arenas d. Vancouver (PCHA) (3-2)
Women: Not held (World War I)
Men: Not held (World War I)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Football Champions
Pittsburgh (CFRA, HF) (4-1-0) & Michigan (NCF) (5-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: His Family, Ernest Poole
Drama: Why Marry?, Jesse Lynch Williams

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Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Fritz Haber (Germany), for synthetic production of ammonia

Physics: Max Planck (Germany), discoveries in connection with quantum theory

Physiology or Medicine: None awarded

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