18th January

Born on this day 18th January
1659 Damaris Cudworth Masham
1779 Peter Mark Roget
1840 Henry Austin Dobson
1882 A.A. Milne
1888 Thomas Sopwith
1892 Oliver Hardy
1904 Cary Grant
1910 Kenneth E. Boulding
1913 Danny Kaye
1933 David Bellamy
1934 Raymond Briggs
1935 Jon Stallworthy
1938 Anthony Giddens
1943 Paul Freeman
1951 Bob Latchford
1952 Michael Angelis
1954 Richard Littlejohn
1955 Kevin Costner
1961 Peter Beardsley
1964 Jane Horrocks
1965 Richard Dunwoody
1973 Crispian Mills
1977 Richard Archer
1980 Robert Green
1980 Estelle Swaray

Died on this day
1936 Rudyard Kipling
1990 Mel Appleby
2002 Peter Adamson


1973 A benefit concert by The Rolling Stones for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims took place.

1977 Abba held the top 2 positions on the album chart with ‘Arrival’ and ‘Greatest Hits’.

1978 Neil Sedaka joined the top singers and actors to have a brass star on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.


1992 In Barclays League Division 1, title favourites Leeds United and Manchester United could only manage 1 all draws against their respective opponents, leaving Leeds at the top of the table, ahead of Manchester United by just 1 point.

People & Showbiz

1988 Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward was to join Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly successful thatrical production company, the Really Usefuil Company. as a production assistant.

1993 Disney cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were banned from Yugoslav newspapers because of United Nations sanctions

General Events

1486 King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.

1778 Captain Cook discovered the Sandwich Islands, later known as Hawaii.

1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay.

1903 President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

1970 Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate was daubed with swastikas and damaged during a bid to blow it up.

1919 Bentley Motors Limited is founded.

1983 Lance Corporal Philip Aldridge was jailed for 4 years after being found guilty of attempting to pass classified information to the Russians. He was caught when his commanding officer discovered his diary that contained telephone numbers for the Soviet Embassy.

1984 Pit worker Henry Daniels from Newton Le Willows, Merseyside was rescued after he fell 340 ft down a mine shaft at the Parkside colliery. He saved himself by holding onto a wire guide rope.

1998 Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report.

2007 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.

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