18th May

Born on this Day 18th May
1868 Czar Nicolas II
1872 Bertrand Russell
1897 Frank Capra
1909 Fred Perry
1919 Dame Margot Fonteyn
1920 Pope John Paul II
1942 Nobby Stiles
1942 Robert Kilroy-Silk
1949 Rick Wakeman
1952 George Strait
1958 Toyah Wilcox
1969 Dennis Bergkamp
1975 John Higgins
1977 Danny Mills
1983 Gary O’Neil

Died on this Day
1799 Pierre De Beaumarchais
1911 Gustav Mahler
2002 Davey ‘Boy’ Smith


1963 The Beatles began their first headlining tour at the Granada Theatre, Slough.

1978 The ‘Buddy Holly Story’ starring Gary Busey, received its world premiere in Dallas.

1997 The Italian estate of Pavarotti was badly damaged after an arson attack, with the words ‘This is a warning’ found on one of the walls.


1985 Kevin Moran of Manchester United became the first player in the history of the FA Cup to be shown a red card, as United went on to beat Everton 1-0.

1992 The Premier League accepted a £304 million 5 year offer from B-Sky-B and the BBC for the broadcast of live matches; the biggest television contract in the history of British sport.

People & Showbiz

1936 Elizabeth Cowell and Jasmine Bligh became the BBC’s first women announcers.

1999 Mick Jagger became a father for the 7th time when Brazilian model Luciana Morad gave birth to an 8lb boy to be named Lucas Jagger. While waiting for DNA tests to prove the child’s lineage, the topless model announced she wanted £5million from Jagger to raise her son.

General Events

1152 Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1830 The concept of the lawnmower was invented by Edwin Budding of Stroud who instructed a local iron worker to build ‘machinery for the purpose of cropping or shearing the vegetable surface of lawns’ in a contract signed today.

1955 The first Wimpy Bar opened in London, beginning the fast-food invasion.

1901 Alexandra Palace was opened to the public.

1964 Mods and Rockers clashed at seaside resorts throughout the UK. In Brighton 600 Mods were dispersed by police with 76 arrests: in Margate 2 youths were stabbed and 51 arrested.

1990 Penguin books were set to scrap publication of Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ in paperback as security costs had risen to £2 million a year against outraged Muslims.

1991 27 year old Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space after taking off with 2 Soviet cosmonauts in the TM-12 rocket.

1997 It was announced that MI5 were to open their phone-lines to the public, advertise for staff and release documents from their archives to historians for the first time.

1998 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

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