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1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1918th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 918th year of the 2nd millennium, the 18th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1910s decade. As of the start of 1918, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
This year is famous for the end of the First World War, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, as well as for the Spanish flu pandemic, that killed 50-100 million people worldwide.
Below, the events of World War I have the "WWI" prefix.
- January – 1918 flu pandemic: The "Spanish flu" (influenza) is first observed in Haskell County, Kansas.
- January 4 – The Finnish Declaration of Independence is recognized by Russia, Sweden, Germany and France.
- January 8 – Woodrow Wilson delivers his Fourteen Points speech.
- January 9 – Battle of Bear Valley: U.S. troops engage Yaqui Indian warriors in a minor skirmish in Arizona, and one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars between the United States and Native Americans.
- January 12 – Finland enacts a "Mosaic Confessors" law, granting Finnish Jews civil rights.
- January 15
- January 18
- January 19 – The Russian Constituent Assembly proclaims the Russian Democratic Federative Republic, but is dissolved by the Bolshevik government on the same day.
- January 25 – The Ukrainian People's Republic declares independence from Bolshevik Russia.
- January 27 – The Finnish Civil War begins with the Battle of Kämärä.
- January 28 – The Porvenir massacre (1918) Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and local ranchers killed 15 unarmed Mexican villagers, both men and boys.
- February 1 – Cattaro Mutiny: Austrian sailors in the Gulf of Cattaro (Kotor), led by two Czech Socialists, mutiny.
- February 5 – The SS Tuscania is torpedoed off the Irish coast; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk.
- February 6 – Women's suffrage in the United Kingdom: Representation of the People Act gives most women over 30 the vote.
- February 14 – Russia switches from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar; the date skips from January 31 to February 14.
- February 16 – The Council of Lithuania adopts the Act of Independence of Lithuania, declaring Lithuania's independence from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
- February 19 – WWI: The Capture of Jericho by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force begins the British occupation of the Jordan Valley.
- February 19-25 – WWI: The Imperial Russian Navy evacuates Tallinn through thick ice, over the Gulf of Finland.
- February 21 – The last captive Carolina parakeet (the last breed of parrot native to the eastern United States) dies at the Cincinnati Zoo.
- February 24 – Estonia declares its independence from Russia, after seven centuries of foreign rule; German forces capture Tallinn the following day.
- March 1 – WWI: German submarine U-19 sinks HMS Calgarian off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland.
- March 3 – WWI: The Central Powers and Bolshevist Russia sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, ending Russia's involvement in the war.
- March 6
- The Finnish Army Corps of Aviation is founded as a forerunner of the Finnish Air Force (established on 4 May 1928). The blue swastika is adopted as its symbol, as a tribute to the Swedish explorer and aviator Eric von Rosen, who donated the first plane. Von Rosen had painted the Viking symbol on the plane as his personal lucky insignia.
- The first pilotless drone, the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane developed by Elmer Sperry and Peter Cooper Hewitt, is test-flown in Long Island, New York, but development is scrapped in 1925, after its guidance system proves unreliable.
- March 7
- March 8 – WWI: The Battle of Tell 'Asur is launched by units of the British Army's Egyptian Expeditionary Force against Ottoman defences from the Mediterranean Sea, across the Judaean Mountains to the edge of the Jordan Valley; it ends on March 12, with the move of much of the front line north into Ottoman territory.
- March 12 – Moscow becomes the capital of Soviet Russia.
- March 19 – The United States Congress establishes time zones, and approves daylight saving time (DST goes into effect on March 31).
- March 21–July 18 – WWI: The Spring Offensive by the German Army along the Western Front fails to make a breakthrough, despite large losses on each side, including nearly 20,000 British Army dead on the first day, Operation Michael.
- March 21 – WWI: The First Transjordan attack on Amman by units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force begins, with the passage of the Jordan River.
- March 23
- WWI: The giant German cannon, the 'Paris Gun' (Kaiser Wilhelm Geschütz), begins to shell Paris from 114 km (71 mi) away.
- In London at the Wood Green Empire, Chung Ling Soo (William E. Robinson, U.S.-born magician) dies during his trick, where he is supposed to "catch" two separate bullets (but one of them perforates his lung). He dies the following morning in a hospital.
- March 25
- March 26 – Dr. Marie Stopes publishes her influential book Married Love in the U.K.
- March 27 – WWI: The First Battle of Amman is launched by units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, during the First Transjordan attack on Amman; it ends with their withdrawal on 31 March, back to the Jordan Valley.
- March 30 – March Days: Bolshevik and Armenian Revolutionary Federation forces suppress a Muslim revolt in Baku, Azerbaijan, resulting in up to 30,000 deaths.
- April 1 – The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service in Britain are merged to form the Royal Air Force, the first autonomous Air Force in the world.
- April 5 – Sālote succeeds as Queen of Tonga; she will remain on the throne until her death in 1965.
- April 9 – Union of Bessarabia with Romania: Bessarabia votes to become part of the Kingdom of Romania.
- April 21 – WWI: Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron", the war's most successful fighter pilot, dies in combat at Morlancourt Ridge near the Somme River.
- April 22 –Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia declare their independence from Russia as the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.
- April 23 – WWI:
- April 28 – WWI: Gavrilo Princip, assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, dies in Terezin, Austria-Hungary, after three years in prison.
- April 30 – WWI: The Second Transjordan attack on Shunet Nimrin and Es Salt, launched by units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, ends on 4 May, with their withdrawal back to the Jordan Valley.
- May 1 – WWI: German troops enter Don Host Oblast; they take Rostov on May 8.
- May 2 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
- May 7 – WWI: The British capture Kirkuk.
- May 9 – WWI – Second Ostend Raid: The British Royal Navy unsuccessfully attempts, for a second time, to seal off the German U-boat base there.
- May 11 – The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established.
- May 14 – The Three Minute Pause, initiated by the daily firing of the Noon Gun on Signal Hill, is instituted by Cape Town Mayor Sir Harry Hands. It will inspire the introduction of the two-minute silence in November 1919.
- May 15
- May 16 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is approved by the U.S. Congress.
- May 20 – The small town of Codell, Kansas is hit for the third year in a row, on the same date, by a tornado.
- May 21 – The United States Army Aviation Section is separated from the Signal Corps, and divided into the Division of Military Aeronautics and the Bureau of Aircraft Production.
- May 24 – Canadian women (excluding Quebec) are granted the right to vote in federal elections.
- May 26 – The Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic is abolished; Georgia declares its independence as the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
- May 27 – WWI: The Third Battle of the Aisne commences.
- May 28 – Armenia and Azerbaijan declare their independence as the First Republic of Armenia and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic respectively.
- May 29 – WWI: The week-long Battle of Sardarabad concludes with defending Armenian forces victorious over the Ottomans.
- May 29–30 – WWI: Battle of Skra di Legen – The Greek National Defence Army Corps defeats the Bulgarians.
- June–August – The "Spanish 'flu" becomes pandemic. Over 30 million people die in the following 6 months.
- June 1 – WWI: The Battle of Belleau Wood begins.
- June 4 – RMS Kenilworth Castle, one of the Union-Castle Line steamships, collides with her escort destroyer HMS Rival while trying to avoid her other escort, the cruiser HMS Kent.
- June 5 – The Afrikaner Broederbond, a confidential cultural organisation, is founded in Johannesburg.
- June 8 – V603 Aquilae, the brightest nova observed since Kepler's of 1604, is discovered.
- June 10 – WWI: The Austro-Hungarian dreadnought battleship SMS Szent István is sunk by two Italian MAS motor torpedo boats off the Dalmatian coast.
- June 12
- Grand Duke Michael of Russia is murdered, thereby becoming the first of the Romanovs to be killed by the Bolsheviks.
- WWI: The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit in France is carried out.
- June 16 – The Declaration to the Seven, a British government response to a memorandum issued anonymously by seven Syrian notables, is published.
- June 22 – Suspects in the Chicago Restaurant Poisonings are arrested, and more than 100 waiters are taken into custody for poisoning restaurant customers with a lethal powder called Mickey Finn.
- June 29 – Bronx International Exposition of Science, Arts and Industries opens in New York; Brazil is the only international exhibitor and the exposition closes at the end of the season.
- July 3 – Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War: The Siberian Intervention is launched by the Allies, to extract the Czechoslovak Legion from the Russian Civil War.
- July 4 – Mehmed VI succeeds as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire on the death of his half-brother Mehmed V (Reşâd, who has reigned since 1909), himself reigning until the Sultanate is abolished in 1922.
- July 9 – Great Train Wreck of 1918: in Nashville, Tennessee, an inbound local train collides with an outbound express, killing 101.
- July 12 – The Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Kawachi blows up off Tokuyama, Yamaguchi, western Honshu, Japan, killing at least 621.
- July 13 – The National Czechoslovak Committee is established.
- July 14 – The film The Glorious Adventure is released in the United States, featuring Mammy Lou, who becomes one of the oldest people ever to star in a film, at a claimed age of 114.
- July 15 – WWI: Second Battle of the Marne: The battle begins near the River Marne, with a German attack.
- July 17
- WWI: RMS Carpathia (famed for rescuing survivors of the RMS Titanic) is torpedoed and sunk off the east coast of Ireland, by Imperial German Navy submarine U-55; 218 of the 223 on board are rescued.
- Execution of the Romanov family: By order of the Bolshevik Party, and carried out by the Cheka, former emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, Alexei and retainers are shot at the Ipatiev House, in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
- August 2 – North Russia Intervention: British anti-Bolshevik forces occupy Arkhangelsk.
- August 3 – WWI: Australian hospital ship HMAT Warilda is torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel on passage from Le Havre to Southampton by German submarine SM UC-49 with the loss of 123 of the 801 people on board.
- August 8 – WWI: Battle of Amiens – British, Canadian and Australian troops begin a string of almost continuous victories, the 'Hundred Days Offensive', with an 8-mile push through the German front lines, taking 12,000 prisoners. German General Erich Ludendorff later calls this the "black day of the German Army".
- August 10 – Russian Revolution: The British commander in Archangel is told to help the White Russians.
- August 16 – The Battle of Lake Baikal is fought by the Czechoslovak legion, against the Red Army.
- August 21 – WWI: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
- August 23 – The Bessarabian Peasants' Party is created.
- August 27 – Battle of Ambos Nogales: U.S. Army forces skirmish against Mexican Carrancistas and their German advisors at Nogales, Arizona, in the only battle of WWI fought on United States soil.
- August 30
- September – WWI: British armies and their Arab allies roll into Syria.
- September 3 – The Bolshevik government of Russia publishes the first official announcement of the Red Terror, a period of repression against political opponents, as an "Appeal to the Working Class" in the newspaper Izvestia.
- September 4 – WWI: Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin concludes with the Australian Corps breaking the German line.
- September 5 – Russian Civil War: The Kazan Operation begins. The event continues for 5 days, and solidifies the Red Army's power in Russia over the White Army.
- September 12 – WWI: Battle of Havrincourt – British take a German salient.
- September 12–15 – WWI: Battle of Saint-Mihiel – Americans take a German salient.
- September 14 – WWI: The Balkan front offensive by the Serbian Army begins.
- September 15–18 – WWI: Battle of Dobro Pole in the Vardar Offensive of the Balkans Campaign: The Allied Army of the Orient defeats Bulgarian defenders.
- September 18 – WWI: Battle of Épehy – British approach the Hindenburg Line along the St Quentin Canal.
- September 19 – WWI:
- The British Army's Egyptian Expeditionary Force launches the Battle of Megiddo, incorporating the Battle of Sharon, and the Battle of Nablus, an attack in the Judaean Mountains. This day are fought the Battle of Tulkarm, and the Battle of Arara, which break the Ottoman front line stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the Judaean Mountains, while the Battle of Tabsor extends into September 20.
- The Third Transjordan attack in the Jordan Valley begins.
- September 20 – WWI: The British Army's Desert Mounted Corps launches the
- September 25 – WWI:
- The Battle of Megiddo ends with the Battle of Haifa, Battle of Samakh, and Capture of Tiberias.
- The Third Transjordan attack ends with ANZAC Mounted Division victory at the Second Battle of Amman, with the subsequent capture at Ziza of the Ottoman II Corps, and more than 10,000 Ottoman and German prisoners.
- September 26 – WWI:
- September 27 – WWI:
- September 29 – WWI:
- September 30 – WWI:
- October 1 – WWI: The Desert Mounted Corps captures Damascus.
- October 2 – WWI: The Charge at Khan Ayash is begun north of Damascus, by the 3rd Light Horse Brigade.
- October 3
- October 4
- Wilhelm II of Germany forms a new more liberal government, to sue for peace.
- The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion in New Jersey kills 100+, and destroys enough ammunition to supply the Western Front for 6 months.
- October 7 – The Regency Council (Poland) declares Polish independence from the German Empire, and demands that Germany cede the Polish provinces of Poznań, Upper Silesia and Polish Pomerania.
- October 8–10 – WWI: Second Battle of Cambrai: British and Canadian troops take Cambrai from the Germans and the First and Third British Armies break through the Hindenburg Line.
- October 8 – WWI: In the Forest of Argonne in France, U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York almost single-handedly kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
- October 9 – Landgrave Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse is elected King of Finland.
- October 11 – The 7.1 Mw San Fermín earthquake shakes Puerto Rico with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 76–116 people. A destructive tsunami contributes to the damage and loss of life.
- October 12 – Cloquet Fire: The city of Cloquet, Minnesota, and nearby areas are destroyed in a fire, killing 453.
- October 18 – The Washington Declaration proclaims the independent Czechoslovak Republic.
- October 24 – WWI: The Battle of Vittorio Veneto opens.
- October 25
- October 26 – WWI – Charge at Haritan: Units of the Desert Mounted Corps battle with Ottoman forces for the last time in WWI.
- October 28
- October 29
- October 30
- October 31 – The Hungarian government terminates the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- November 1
- The Polish–Ukrainian War is inaugurated, by the proclamation of the West Ukrainian People's Republic in Galicia, with a capital at Lwów.
- Serbian forces recapture Belgrade.
- Malbone Street Wreck: The worst rapid transit accident in world history occurs under the intersection of Malbone Street and Flatbush Avenue, in Brooklyn, New York City, with at least 93 dead.
- November 3
- WWI: Austria-Hungary enters an armistice with the Allies, at the Villa Giusti in Padua.
- Poland declares its independence from Russia.
- German Revolution: Sailors in the German fleet at Kiel mutiny, and throughout northern Germany soldiers and workers begin to establish revolutionary councils, on the Russian soviet model.
- November 4 – WWI: The Armistice of Villa Giusti ends warfare between Italy and Austria-Hungary, on the Italian Front.
- November 6 – A new Polish government is proclaimed in Lublin.
- November 7 – King Ludwig of Bavaria flees his country.
- November 8 – The German army withdraws its support of the Kaiser. The German Armistice delegation arrives at the Forest of Compiègne in France.
- November 9
- Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicates and chooses to live in exile in the Netherlands.
- The German Republic is proclaimed by Philipp Scheidemann in Berlin, on the Reichstag balcony.
- Provisional National Council Minister-President Kurt Eisner declares Bavaria to be a republic.
- British battleship HMS Britannia is sunk by a German submarine off Trafalgar, with the loss of around fifty lives (the last major naval engagement of WWI).
- November 11
- End of WWI: Armistice of 11 November 1918 – Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies, between 5:12 AM and 5:20 AM, in the "Compiègne Wagon", Marshal Foch's railroad car, in the Forest of Compiègne in France. It becomes official on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. At 10:59 U.S. soldier Henry Gunther becomes (probably) the last killed in action.
- Poland regains independence, after 123 years of partitions. Józef Piłsudski is appointed Commander-in-Chief.
- Emperor Charles I of Austria gives up his absolute power, but does not abdicate.
- November 12 – Austria becomes a republic.
- November 13
- November 14
- Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.
- The Second Polish Republic is proclaimed with Józef Piłsudski as head of state.
- The provisional government of Baden proclaims the "Free People's Republic of Baden" (Freie Volksrepublik Baden).
- Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, is forced from his throne, leading to the establishment of the People's State of Hesse.
- Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin abdicates his throne, leading to the establishment of the Free State of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
- Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, announces he is ceasing to rule Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, leading to the establishment of the Free State of Coburg.
- German East African troops are informed of the November 11 armistice.
- November 16 – The Hungarian Democratic Republic is declared, marking Hungary's independence from Austria.
- November 18 – Latvia declares its independence from Russia.
- November 20 – U-boats start to rendezvous off Harwich, to begin the surrender of the High Seas Fleet to the British Royal Navy; in the following week the German warships are escorted to internment in Scapa Flow.
- November 21 – Lwów pogrom: Polish troops, volunteers and freed criminals massacre at least 320 Ukrainian Christians and Jews in Lwów, Galicia.
- November 22
- The Spartacist League founds the German Communist Party.
- The Belgian royal family returns to Brussels after the war, King Albert I having commanded the Allied Army group in the autumn Courtrai offensive, which liberated his country.
- Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden, abdicates; the Grand Duchy of Baden gives way to the Republic of Baden.
- November 23 – British military government of Palestine begins.
- November 25 – General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, German commander in German East Africa, signs a ceasefire at Abercorn in Northern Rhodesia.
- November 26 – The Podgorica Assembly votes for a "union of the people", declaring its union with the Kingdom of Serbia.
- November 28 – Estonian War of Independence: The Red Army invades Estonia, starting the war. The Commune of the Working People of Estonia is established as a Soviet puppet state in Narva on the next day.
- November 29 – Serbia annexes Montenegro, suspending the latter's existence as a sovereign state for nearly the entirety of the following 88 years.
- November 30 – Ernest Ansermet conducts the first concert by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
- December 1
- Iceland regains independence, but remains in personal union with the King of Denmark, who also becomes the King of Iceland until 1944.
- New voting laws in Sweden makes votes no longer dependent on taxable assets, each adult having one vote.
- The Union of Alba Iulia is proclaimed: Following the March 27 incorporation of Bessarabia and Bucovina, Transylvania unites with the Kingdom of Romania.
- The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (which later becomes the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is proclaimed, in particular ending Serbia's existence as a sovereign state for the next 87 years (it would not regain its sovereignty until 2006).
- December 4 – President Woodrow Wilson departs by ship to the Paris Peace Conference, becoming the first United States President to travel to Europe while holding office.
- December 5 – Estonian War of Independence: The British light cruiser HMS Cassandra strikes a mine and sinks near Saaremaa in the Baltic Sea, killing 11 sailors.
- December 14
- December 16 – Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, a puppet state created by the Russian SFSR to justify the Lithuanian–Soviet War.
- December 17 – Darwin Rebellion in Australia: Disaffected workers march on Government House, Darwin, demanding the resignation of the Administrator of the Northern Territory, John A. Gilruth.
- December 20 – Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk returns to the Czechoslovak Republic.
- December 21 – Estonian War of Independence: The Red Army captures Tartu, Estonia.
- December 27 – Greater Poland Uprising (1918–19): Poles in Greater Poland (the former Grand Duchy of Posen) rise up against the Germans, ignited by a patriotic speech made in Poznań by pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
- December 28 – Sinn Féin enjoys a landslide victory in Irish seats in the Irish general election (part of the 1918 United Kingdom general election), following the counting of votes, winning 73 of the 105 seats in Ireland. In accordance with their manifesto, Sinn Féin members will not take their seats in the Palace of Westminster but will form the First Dáil in Dublin. Countess Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison (London), becomes the first woman elected to (but does not take her seat in) the British House of Commons.
- December 31 – A British-brokered ceasefire ends the two weeks of fighting in the Georgian–Armenian War.
- The Native American Church is formally founded in Oklahoma.
- The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment is founded to promote repeal of Prohibition in the United States.
- United Business Media is founded in London, as United Newspapers Ltd.
- Around 1,000 pilot whales strand in the Chatham Islands.
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- January 1
- January 2 – Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse, German typographer, calligrapher and book-binder (d. 2019)
- January 9 – Alma Ziegler, American female professional baseball player (d. 2005)
- January 10 – Arthur Chung, 1st President of Guyana (d. 2008)
- January 11 – Kassim Al-Rimawi, Prime Minister of Jordan (d. 1982)
- January 12 – Mike Laffin, Canadian politician, dentist (d. 2019)
- January 14 – Dimitri Tsafendas, South African criminal (d. 1999)
- January 15
- January 16
- January 17
- January 19
- January 20
- January 21
- January 22 – Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2015)
- January 23 – Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1999)
- January 24 – Oral Roberts, American neo-Pentecostal televangelist (d. 2009)
- January 25 – Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster (d. 2010)
- January 26
- January 27
- January 29
- January 30 – Bazilije Pandžić, Croatian historian, archivist and orientalist (d. 2019)
- January 31 – Millie Dunn Veasey, African-American civil rights activist (d. 2018)
- February 1
- February 2 – Hella Haasse, Dutch writer (d. 2011)
- February 3
- February 4
- February 6 – Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author (d. 2007)
- February 7 – Markey Robinson, Irish painter (d. 1999)
- February 8
- February 12 – Julian Schwinger, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
- February 14 – William L. Snyder, American film producer (d. 1998)
- February 15
- February 16 – Patty Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters) (d. 2013)
- February 17 – William Bronk, American poet (d. 1999)
- February 19 – Fay McKenzie, American silent film actress (d. 2019)
- February 21 – Robert E. Thacker, American aviator and test pilot
- February 22
- February 25
- February 26
- February 28 – Alfred Burke, English actor (d. 2011)
- March 1
- March 2 – Martin Flannery, British politician (d. 2006)
- March 3
- March 4 – Margaret Osborne duPont, American female tennis player (d. 2012)
- March 5
- March 9
- March 10 – Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot (d. 2009)
- March 11 – Jack Coe, American evangelist (d. 1956)
- March 12 – Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
- March 13 – Eddie Pellagrini, American baseball player, coach (d. 2006)
- March 14 – John McCallum, Australian actor (d. 2010)
- March 15 – William McIntyre, Canadian Puisne Justice (d. 2009)
- March 16 – Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
- March 17 – Viviane Gauthier, Haitian dancer (d. 2017)
- March 18 – Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
- March 20 – Jack Barry, American television game show host, producer (d. 1984)
- March 22 – Cheddi Jagan, 4th President of Guyana (d. 1997)
- March 23
- March 25 – Howard Cosell, American attorney, lecturer, and sports journalist (d. 1995)
- March 26 – Lloyd McCuiston, American politician
- March 28 – Gonzalo Facio Segreda, Costa Rican lawyer, politician, and diplomat (d. 2018)
- March 29
- April 1 – Milt Earnhart, American politician
- April 6
- April 7 – Bobby Doerr, American baseball player (d. 2017)
- April 8
- April 9 – Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (d. 2008)
- April 10 – H. S. Doreswamy, Indian activist, journalist
- April 11 – Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber, French journalist, politician (d. 2018)
- April 14 – Mary Healy, American actress, variety entertainer and singer (d. 2015)
- April 15 – Edmund Jones, American politician (d. 2019)
- April 16
- April 17
- April 18
- April 20
- April 22
- April 24 – Lou Dorfsman, American graphic designer (d. 2008)
- April 26 – Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (d. 2004)
- April 27 – John Rice, American baseball umpire (d. 2011)
- April 28
- April 29 – George Allen, American football coach (d. 1990)
- May 1
- May 3 – Richard Dudman, American reporter, editorial writer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) (d. 2017)
- May 4
- May 5 – Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest (d. 2005)
- May 6
- May 9
- May 10
- May 11 – Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
- May 13 – Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, Italian Hamon user (d. 1939)
- May 12 – Julius Rosenberg, American-born Soviet spy (d. 1953)
- May 15
- May 16 – Wilf Mannion, English footballer (d. 2000)
- May 17
- May 18
- May 19 – Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
- May 20 – Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2004)
- May 23
- May 27 – Yasuhiro Nakasone, 45th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2019)
- May 28
- May 30
- May 31 – Margaret Todd, Canadian female golfer (d. 2019)
- June 2 – Kathryn Tucker Windham, American writer, storyteller (d. 2011)
- June 4 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (d. 1997)
- June 6
- June 8 – Robert Preston, American actor (The Music Man) (d. 1987)
- June 9 – John Hospers, American philosopher (d. 2011)
- June 10
- June 11 – Hugo Scheltema, Dutch diplomat (d. 1996)
- June 12 – Jerry A. Moore Jr., American politician (d. 2017)
- June 15 – François Tombalbaye, 1st President of Chad (d. 1975)
- June 17
- June 18
- June 21
- June 22 – Cicely Saunders, English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer (d. 2005)
- June 23 – Paul Ashbee, British archaeologist (d. 2009)
- June 24
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- June 28 – Marshall Brown, American professional basketball player (d. 2008)
- June 29
- July 1
- July 2
- July 3
- July 4
- King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga (d. 2006)
- Alec Bedser, English cricketer (d. 2010)
- Eric Bedser, English cricketer (d. 2006)
- Ann Landers, American advice columnist (d. 2002)
- Joe Fortunato, American football, basketball, and baseball coach (d. 2004)
- Pauline Phillips, American advice columnist, popularly known as Abigail Van Buren (d. 2013)
- July 5
- July 6
- July 7
- July 8
- Edward B. Giller, U.S. major general (d. 2017)
- Julia Pirie, British spy working for MI5 (d. 2008)
- Oluf Reed-Olsen, Norwegian resistance member, pilot (d. 2002)
- Craig Stevens, American actor (d. 2000)
- Paul B. Fay, American businessman, soldier, and diplomat, 12th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2009)
- July 9 – Jarl Wahlström, Salvation Army general (d. 1999)
- July 10
- July 11 – Venetia Burney, English woman known for being the first person to suggest the name Pluto for the planet in 1930 (d. 2009)
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14
- July 15
- Paddy Bassett, New Zealand scientist (d. 2019)
- Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
- Aubrey Buxton, Baron Buxton of Alsa, British soldier, politician, television executive and writer (d. 2009)
- Arthur Dimmock, English writer, journalist and historian (d. 2007)
- Brenda Milner, Canadian neuropsychologist
- July 16
- Denis Edward Arnold, English soldier (d. 2015)
- Pituka de Foronda, Spanish actress (d. 1999)
- Paul Farnes, famed World War II Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter pilot, one of "The Few" surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain (d. 2020)
- Samuel Victor Perry, British biochemist (d. 2009)
- Leonard T. Schroeder, American colonel (d. 2009)
- Jim Vickers-Willis, Australian journalist (d. 2008)
- July 17
- July 18
- July 20
- July 21 – Elsa Kobberstad, Norwegian schoolteacher, politician (d. 2007)
- July 22
- July 23
- July 24
- July 25
- July 26 – Marjorie Lord, American actress (d. 2015)
- July 27 – Leonard Rose, American cellist (d. 1984)
- July 28 – Penaia Ganilau, 1st President of Fiji (d. 1993)
- July 29 – Edwin O'Connor, American novelist, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner (d. 1968)
- July 30
- July 31
- August 1
- August 2 – Dada Vaswani, Indian spiritual leader (d. 2018)
- August 3
- August 4 – Noel Willman, Irish actor (d. 1988)
- August 5
- August 6 – Charles Coulston Gillispie, American historian (d. 2015)
- August 11 – Thomas A. Bird, British WWII army officer, architect (d. 2017)
- August 12 – Roy C. Bennett, American songwriter (d. 2015)
- August 13
- August 19 – Shankar Dayal Sharma, 9th President of India (d. 1999)
- August 20 – Crystal Bennett, British archaeologist, pioneering researcher on Jordan (d. 1987)
- August 21 – Bruria Kaufman, American-born Israeli physicist (d. 2010)
- August 22
- August 23 – Bernard Fisher, American surgeon (d. 2019)
- August 25 – Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor (d. 1990)
- August 26
- August 27
- August 28 – Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, 37th President of Argentina (d. 1996)
- August 29
- August 30 – Ted Williams, American baseball player (d. 2002)
- August 31
- September 1
- September 3 – Helen Wagner, American soap opera actress (d. 2010)
- September 4
- September 6 – Hugh Gillis, American politician (d. 2013)
- September 8 – Derek Barton, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
- September 9 – Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, 9th President of Italy (d. 2012)
- September 13
- September 14 – James George, Canadian diplomat (d. 2020)
- September 15 – Nipsey Russell, African-American comedian (d. 2005)
- September 16 – Ismail Mohd Ali, Malaysian politician (d. 1998)
- September 17 – Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel 1983–1993 (d. 1997)
- September 19 – Joseph Zeller, American politician (d. 2018)
- September 21 – John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist, advocate (d. 2007)
- September 22 – Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (d. 1988)
- September 24 – Emerante Morse, Haitian singer, dancer and folklorist (d. 2018)
- September 26
- September 27
- September 28
- September 29 – Peter Arne, British actor (d. 1983)
- September 30
- October 4 – Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
- October 6 – Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (d. 2010)
- October 8 – Jens Christian Skou, Danish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)
- October 9
- October 13
- October 14 – Thelma Coyne Long, Australian tennis player (d. 2015)
- October 16
- October 17 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (d. 1987)
- October 18
- October 19 – Robert S. Strauss, American politician, Democratic National Committee Chairman (d. 2014)
- October 22
- October 23 – Augusta Dabney, American actress (d. 2008)
- October 25
- October 26 – Marc Hodler, Swiss lawyer (d. 2006)
- October 27
- October 29 – Diana Serra Cary, American actress (d. 2020)
- October 31 – Ian Stevenson, American parapsychologist (d. 2007)
- November 2 – Raimon Panikkar, Spanish theologian (d. 2010)
- November 3
- November 4
- November 7
- November 8
- November 9
- November 10
- November 11 – Louise Tobin, American singer
- November 14 – John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (d. 1999)
- November 15 – Vittore Bocchetta, Italian sculptor, painter and academic
- November 18 – Nicolás Kingman Riofrío, Ecuadorian journalist, writer and politician (d. 2018)
- November 21 – Dorothy Maguire Chapman, American professional baseball player (d. 1981)
- November 26 – Patricio Aylwin, 32nd President of Chile (d. 2016)
- November 27 – Borys Paton, Ukrainian scientist
- November 28 – Jack H. Harris, American film producer, distributor and actor (d. 2017)
- November 29 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author (d. 2007)
- November 30 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (The FBI) (d. 2014)
- December 3 – Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general (d. 2000)
- December 6
- December 7
- December 8 – Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
- December 10 – Fergus Anckorn, British magician (d. 2018)
- December 11
- December 12 – Joe Williams, American jazz singer (d. 1999)
- December 14 – B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga teacher (d. 2014)
- December 15 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
- December 17
- December 18 – Joyce Reynolds, English author
- December 19 – Georgina Cookson, British actress (d. 2011)
- December 20 – Joseph Payne Brennan, American poet, author (d. 1990)
- December 21
- December 23
- December 24 – Dave Bartholomew, American musician, songwriter and music producer (d. 2019)
- December 25
- December 26 – Butch Ballard, American jazz drummer (d. 2011)
- December 29 – Leo J. Dulacki, American general (d. 2019)
- December 31
- January 6 – Georg Cantor, German mathematician (b. 1845)
- January 8
- January 9
- January 10 – María Dolores Rodríguez Sopeña, Spanish Roman Catholic religious sister and blessed (b. 1848)
- January 26 – Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia (b. 1850)
- January 28 – John McCrae, Canadian soldier, surgeon and poet (b. 1872)
- January 31 – Ivan Puluj, Ukrainian physicist and inventor (b. 1845)
- February 2 – John L. Sullivan, American boxer, World Heavyweight Champion (b. 1858)
- February 4
- February 5 – Leonard Monteagle Barlow, British fighter pilot (accident) (b. 1898)
- February 6 – Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter (b. 1862), Spanish flu
- February 8 – Louis Renault, French jurist, educator and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843)
- February 10
- February 11 – Alexey Kaledin, Russian general (suicide) (b. 1861)
- February 14 – Sir Cecil Spring Rice, British diplomat (b. 1859)
- February 15 – Vernon Castle, American dancer (b. 1887)
- February 16 – Károly Khuen-Héderváry, 2-time Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1849)
- February 23
- Adolphus Frederick VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1882)
- Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey, British politician and colonial administrator (b. 1836)
- March 2 – Prince Mirko of Montenegro (b. 1879)
- March 9 – Frank Wedekind, German playwright (b. 1864)
- March 10
- March 13 – César Cui, Lithuanian composer (b. 1835)
- March 14
- March 15 – Adolf Ritter von Tutschek, German fighter ace (killed in action) (b. 1891)
- March 23 – T. P. Cameron Wilson, English poet, novelist (b. 1888)
- March 25
- March 27
- April 1
- April 4 – Hermann Cohen, German philosopher (b. 1842)
- April 5 – King George Tupou II of Tonga (b. 1874), Spanish flu
- April 11 – Otto Wagner, Austro-Hungarian architect, urban planner (b. 1841)
- April 20
- April 21
- April 27 – Jacques Duchesne, French general (b. 1837)
- April 28 – Gavrilo Princip, Yugoslav assassin (b. 1894)
- May 2
- May 14 – James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (b. 1841)
- May 17 – William Drew Robeson, African-American minister, father of singer and actor Paul Robeson (b. 1844)
- May 18 – Maria Magdalena Merten, German Roman Catholic religious professed and blessed (b. 1883)
- May 19 – Raoul Lufbery, Franco-American fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1885)
- May 23 – Mariano Ponce, Filipino diplomat, politician and writer (b. 1863)
- May 24 – József Kiss, Austro-Hungarian fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1896)
- May 30 – Georgi Plekhanov, Russian revolutionary, philosopher (b. 1856)
- June 1 – Roderic Dallas, Australian fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1891)
- June 3 – Count Richard von Bienerth-Schmerling, Austrian noble, statesman and former Prime Minister (b. 1863)
- June 4 – Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th Vice President of the United States (b. 1852)
- June 10 – Arrigo Boito, Italian poet, composer (b. 1842)
- June 13 – Grand Duke Michael Romanov (assassinated) (b. 1878)
- June 15 – Frank Miles Day, American architect (b. 1861)
- June 16 – Bazil Assan, Romanian engineer and explorer (b. 1860)
- June 19 – Francesco Baracca, Italian fighter pilot (air crash) (b. 1888)
- June 25 – Jake Beckley, American baseball player, MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1867)
- June 26 – Kyrion II of Georgia, Georgian Orthodox religious leader, saint (b. 1855)
- June 27 – Joséphin Péladan, French occultist (b. 1858)
- July 3 – Sultan Mehmed V of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1844)
- July 9 – James McCudden, British fighter pilot (air crash) (b. 1895)
- July 14 – Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt, fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1897)
- July 17 – Executed members of the Romanov family:
- Former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia (b. 1868)
- Former Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (b. 1872)
- Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (b. 1895)
- Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (b. 1897)
- Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (b. 1899)
- Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (b. 1901)
- Former Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia (b. 1904)
- July 18
- July 20 – Francis Lupo, American soldier (b. 1895)
- July 22
- July 26
- July 29 – Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (b. 1863)
- July 30
- July 31 – George McElroy, British fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1893)
- August 1
- August 6 – Peter Strasser, German naval officer, airship commander (killed in action) (b. 1876)
- August 9
- August 10
- August 12 – Anna Held, French actress (b. 1873)
- August 18 – Henry Norwest, Canadian sniper (b. 1884)
- August 24 – Louis Bennett Jr., American World War I flying ace (killed in action) (b. 1894)
- August 30 – William Duncan, British missionary in Canada and the United States (b. 1832)
- Mudbir al-Far'un, Arab chieftain, leader of 1913 Euphrates rebellion
- September 2 – John Forrest, Australian explorer and politician, 1st Premier of Western Australia (b. 1847)
- September 5 – Nikolay Maklakov, Russian politician, former minister of the Interior (b. 1871)
- September 6 – Elizabeth Yates, New Zealand politician (b. 1845)
- September 8 – Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, German Roman Catholic priest and venerable (b. 1848)
- September 12 – Sir George Reid, 4th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
- September 13 – Eduard, Duke of Anhalt (b. 1861)
- September 16 – Maurice Boyau, French World War I fighter ace (killed in action) (b. 1888)
- September 20 – Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (b. 1889), Spanish flu
- September 25 – Mikhail Alekseyev, Russian general (b. 1857)
- September 27 – Fritz Rumey, German World War I fighter ace (killed in action) (b. 1891)
- September 28
- September 29 – Frank Luke, American fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1897)
- October 5
- October 6 – Arthur O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis champion and fighter pilot (killed in action) (b. 1890)
- October 7 – Sir Hubert Parry, British composer (b. 1848), Spanish flu
- October 9 – Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French sculptor (b. 1876)
- October 11 – Wallace Lloyd Algie, Canadian soldier (b. 1891)
- October 14 – Nikolai Skrydlov, Russian admiral (executed) (b. 1844)
- October 15 – Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian guru, yogi and National saint of India (b. 1838)
- October 16 – Felix Arndt, American pianist, composer (b. 1889), Spanish flu
- October 18
- October 19
- October 22 – Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress (b. 1891), Spanish flu
- October 24
- October 25 – Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Portuguese painter (b. 1887), Spanish flu
- October 28 – Michel Coiffard, French World War I fighter ace (killed in action) (b. 1892)
- October 29 – Rudolf Tobias, Estonian composer (b. 1873)
- October 31
- November 2 – Hugh Cairns, Canadian soldier (b. 1896)
- November 4
- November 5
- November 6 – Alan Arnett McLeod, Canadian soldier (b. 1899), Spanish flu
- November 9
- November 11
- November 15 – Sir Robert Anderson, British police officer (b. 1841), Spanish flu
- November 19 – Joseph F. Smith, 6th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1838)
- November 20 – John Bauer, Swedish painter (b. 1882)
- November 22 – Rose Cleveland, de facto First Lady of the United States (b. 1846), Spanish flu
- November 23 – Fritz von Below, German general (b. 1853)
- November 30 – Karl Petrovich Jessen, Russian admiral (b. 1852)
- December 2 – Edmond Rostand, French writer (b. 1868), Spanish flu
- December 4 – Princess Teriivaetua of Tahiti (b. 1869), Spanish flu
- December 5 – Schalk Willem Burger, Boer military leader, lawyer, politician, statesman, and acting President of the South African Republic (1900-1902) (b. 1852)
- December 9 – Samuel Swett Green, American library pioneer (b. 1837)
- December 11 – Ivan Cankar, Slovenian writer (b. 1876), Spanish flu
- December 14 – Sidónio Pais, Portuguese politician, general, diplomat, 66th Prime Minister of Portugal and 4th President of Portugal (b. 1872), assassinated
- December 16 – Frederic W. Tilton, American educator and 7th Principal of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts (b. 1839)
- December 20 – Sultan Ali bin Hamud of Zanzibar (b. 1884)
- December 21 – Prince Konrad of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, Austrian statesman, former Prime Minister (b. 1863)
- December 28 – Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
- Physics – Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck
- Chemistry – Fritz Haber
- Medicine – not awarded
- Literature – not awarded
- Peace – not awarded
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- "Historical Concert for the Benefit of Widows and Orphans". World Digital Library. February 10, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Shores, Christopher (1969). Finnish Air Force, 1918–1968. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Osprey Publications Ltd. p. 3. ISBN 978-0668021210.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 355–356. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 138."2-Minute Wave of Silence" Revives a Time-honoured Tradition. Accessed on 5 June 2014.
- The first was from Allahabad to Naini Junction in India on 18 February 1911, and the second from London to Windsor Castle on 22 June 1911.
- "Women's Right to Vote in Canada". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "La Grippe Espagnole de 1918". Institut Pasteur. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- "CROWDS SEE OPENING OF TRADE EXPOSITION; Police Commissioner Enright Receives Keys for City at Formal Opening. PERMANENT SHOW PLANNED Borough President Bruckner Thanks Promoters for Choosing Site in the Bronx". The New York Times. June 30, 1918. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
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Primary sources and year books
- New International Year Book 1918 (1919), Comprehensive coverage of world and national affairs, 904 pp
- Wickware. Francis Graham (1919). The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress... T. Nelson & Sons.