18th July

Born on this day 18th July
1635 Robert Hooke
1720 Gilbert White
1811 William Makepeace Thackeray
1848 W.G.Grace
1903 Chill Wills
1911 Hume Cronyn
1918 Nelson Mandela
1920 Eric Brandon
1921 John Glenn
1925 Hubert Doggart
1930 Burt Kwouk
1939 Brian Auger
1941 Martha Reeves
1944 David Hemery
1950 Sir Richard Branson
1954 Ricky Scaggs
1955 Terry Chambers
1957 Sir Nick Faldo
1957 Keith Levene
1961 Alan Pardew
1974 Alan Morrison
1977 Kelly Reilly
1978 Annie Mac

1817 Jane Austen
1892 Thomas Cook
1973 Jack Hawkins


1970 Pink Floyd packed in the crowds at a gig in Hyde Park. Appearing with them were Deep Purple and The Edgar Broughton Band.

1989 Grace Slick and Paul Kantner left Starship to reform Jefferson Airplane.


1976 Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

1988 Spanish player Severiano Ballesteros won his 3rd open championship at Royal Latham and St. Annes with a last round of 65.

People & Showbiz

1955 Disneyland opened at Anaheim in California, covering 60 acres of land.

1986 The science fiction sequel ‘Aliens’ starring Sigourney Weaver, opened at cinemas across the US.

1995 The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year old relic, a crude wind instument, was constructed from a bear bone with four holes drilled along its length.

1995 Stella Marie Thompson, the prostitute arrested with Hugh Grant, pleaded not guilty to lewd behaviour with the actor in a public place, in a Hollywood courtroom.

1997 Camilla Parker Bowles’ 50th birthday was marked with a lavish party organised by Prince Charles at his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire.

General Events

1968 The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California.

1989 12 year old Emmett De Monterey, from Lewisham, London became the first Briton to undergo surgery at Newington Children’s Hospital, Connecticut, which could help sufferers of cerebral palsy to walk.

1990 A pilot scheme by Unigate, selling organically produced ‘green top’ milk in Torbay, Devon, proved so successful that the company was to expand the sales nationwide.

1994 Bradford Metropolitan Council voted not to allow the construction of a ‘wind farm’ overlooking the Bronte’s family home in Haworth, West Yorkshire.

1995 Polar explorer David Hempleman-Adams was seeking 8 people prepared to undertake a 300 mile trek to the North Pole. They would have to pay £15,000 each for the privilege.

1995 Cambridge University was given £3 million by a Japanese businessman to enhance the study of Japan and the Japanese language.

1999 The Carnegie National Weight Loss Camp for Children, the first camp outside the US aimed at children wanting to lose weight, opened at Beckett Park, Leeds.

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