18th October

Born on this Day 18th October
1697 Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
1918 Donald Shephard
1939 Lee Harvey Oswald
1926 Chuck Berry
1933 Peter Boyle
1956 Martina Navratilova
1960 Jean-Claude Van Damme
1965 Sean Patrick Flannery
1974 Robbie Savage
1975 Ant McPartlin
1978 Mike Tindall

Died On This Day
1871 Charles Babbage
1931 Thomas Edison
1995 Red Rum

Music
1969 Rod Stewart joined The Faces.

1975 David Bowie entered the Top 20 with ‘Space Oddity’ destined for the top spot.

1986 ‘Eastenders’ actor Nick Berry reached No. 1 with ‘Every Loser Wins’.

Sport
1958 In the game against Wales, at Cardiff, Denis Law of Huddersfield Town became the youngest footballer to play for Scotland at the age of 18 years and 7 months. .

1968 During the Mexico Olympics, Bob Beamon made a world long jump record of 8.9 metres, which stood for 23 years.

People & Showbiz
1922 The BBC was officially formed.

1988 The first episode of ‘Roseanne’ was broadcast in the US- it ran for a total of 221 episodes.

1997 Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother announced plans to open a Princess Diana Memorial Museum at the family home in Northamptonshire.

General Events
1711 ‘The Academy of Painting’ in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, opened its doors, becoming England’s first Art School.

1826 The first spring-mattress was patented by Samuel Pratt, a manufacturer of travelling equipment.

1928 Kodacolour introduced the first 16mm colour film at the Royal Photographic Society.

1957 The Queen met President Eisenhower during the first visit by a British monarch to the White House.

1963 Harold Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister and was suceeded by Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

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