Today in History
Events on Oct 18
Lorenzo Ruiz is Canonized
Lorenzo Ruiz is canonized, making him the first Filipino saint.
Karol Wojtyla Becomes Pope
Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) is elected as the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
US Takes Alaska
The United States takes possession of Alaska.
Ferdinand II Marries Isabella
Ferdinand II of Aragaon marries Isabella of Castile, uniting Spain and making it a dominant world power.