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Main events in 1918 when Chadwick Weir was founded


  • January 15 – Birth of Gamal Abdal Nasser, 2nd President of Egypt.
  • February 14 – Russia switches from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, date skips to from February 1 to February 14.
  • March 1 – Birth of Joao Goulart, former President of Brazil.
  • March 12 – Moscow becomes the capital of Soviet Russia.
  • March 25 – Death of Claude Debussy, French composer.
  • April 22 – Death of Manfred von Richthofen, “Red Baron”, German World War I pilot.
  • April 28 – Death of Gavrilo Princip, assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
  • July 17 – RMS Carpathia, the rescue ship of the RMS Titanic, is sunk off the coast of Ireland by the Underseeboat 55.
  • August – “Spanish flu” Influenza becomes pandemic; over twenty-five million people die in the following six months (almost twice as many as died during the war).
  • October 5 – Death of Roland Garros, French Pilot (shot down).
  • October 25 – The Princess Sophia sinks on Vanderbilt Reef near Juneau, Alaska, 353 people die in the greatest maritime disaster in the Pacific Northwest.
  • November 3 – Poland declares its independence from Russia.
  • November 11 – World War I ends: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside of Compiègne in France. It becomes official on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  • November 12 – Austria becomes a republic.
  • November 14 – Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.
  • November 16 – Hungarian People’s Republic declared.
  • December 1 – Iceland becomes a self-governing kingdom, yet remains in personal union with the king of Denmark who also becomes king of Iceland.
  • December 11 – Birth of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • December 21 – Birth of Kurt Waldheim, former President of Austria and Secretary-General of the UN.
  • December 23 – Birth of Helmut Schmidt Head of State – Chancellor of Germany 1974-82.
  • December 24 – Birth of Anwar Sadat, former President of Egypt, recipient of the Nobel Prize.
  • Nobel prize in Physics: Max Planck.
  • “The Decline of the West” by Oswald Spengler.


  • January 3 – Promulgation of 2nd National Constitution.
  • April 18 – Signature of Mandatory Arbitration Treaty with Britain.
  • May 12 – Foundation of Uruguay Automobile Club.
  • June 25 – Signature of Arbitration Treaty with Bolivia and Perú.
  • July 15 – Banco de Londres affiliates to Lloyds’ Bank Limited.
  • August 25 – Signature of Arbitration Treaty with Colombia.
  • September 14 – 1st Edition of El País newspaper.
  • President of Uruguay: Mr. Feliciano Viera.
  • Director of the Navy: Captain Juan Escabini.
  • President of the Shipping Association: Mr. R.H. Stapledon.
  • President of Chadwick Weir & Cia. Ltda.: Mr. Eduardo A. Woodward.
  • José E. Rodó writes “El Camino de Paros”.
  • Horacio Quiroga writes “Cuentos de la Selva”
  • Joaquín Torres García paints “Puerto de Barcelona”
  • First radio telephone station starts to operate in the country.
  • Seafarers Union founded.