On this day in history 18th February

Born on this day 18th February
1516 Queen Mary
1609 Edward Hyde
1846 Wilson Barrett
1871 Harry Brearley
1898 Enzo Ferarri
1901 Reginald Sheffield
1915 Phyllis Calvert
1929 Len Deighton
1933 Sir Bobby Robson
1933 Yoko Ono
1943 Graeme Garden
1946 Michael Buerk
1948 Sinead Cusack
1950 Cybill Shepherd
1952 Randy Crawford
1954 John Travolta
1955 Miles Tredinnick
1960 Carol McGiffin
1960 Greta Scacchi
1963 Henry Winter
1964 Matt Dillon
1970 Andy & Jez Williams
1975 Gary Neville
1977 Chrissie Wellington
1983 Jermaine Jenas
1985 Anton Ferdinand
1991 Henry Surtees

Died on this day
1564 Michelangelo Buonarotti
1977 Andy Devine


1967 Petula Clark topped the UK charts with ‘This Is My Song’.

1978 Abba’s ‘Take A Chance On Me’ gave them their third successive chart-topper.

1989 The proposed merger between soul giants Motown and Solar collapsed.

1989 Fine Young Cannibals topped the album charts with ‘The Raw & The Cooked’.

1990 Taking prizes at The Brit awards were Phil Collins and Annie Lennox winning the best singer categories, and Fine Young Cannibals who won the categories for best group and best album.


1925 England beat Australia in the Test in Melbourne for the first time in 13 years, winning by an innings and 29 runs.

1985 It was reported that the Portuguese Airforce had rescued lone British yachtsman Keith Eliot, from his yacht after it had started to sink 80 miles from the island of Terceira.

1990 Greg Norman won the Ausrtalian Masters golf championship in Melbourne.

People & Showbiz

1478 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.

1994 At the ‘What The Papers Say’ awards, The Observer was voted newspaper of the year. Grimsby Evening Telegraph reporter Clare Henderson won the Scoop of the Year award for revealing that Chancellor Norman Lamont had resigned.

1995 Radio 1 was to pay Chris Evans £325,000 to rescue its breakfast show after the departure of Steve Wright. The package would make Evans the BBC’s highest paid disc jockey.

General Events

1930 While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

1954 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.

1977 The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.

1984 The Royal Navy ended its 400 year association with Chatham, Kent as the last 40 sailors, led by 2 drummers, marched out of HMS pembroke.

1987 Irish Prime Minister Dr. Garret Fitzgerald conceded defeat as the votes were being counted in the Irish general election, leaving Charles Haughey to become Prime Minister for the third time.

1988 Mikhail Gorbachev removed Boris Yeltsin as a junior member of the Politburo.

1988 A lock of Lord Nelson’s hair fetched £5,000 at Lawrence Fine Art in Somerset.

1990 The London Borough of Sutton announced that it would pay its staff up to 60p a mile if they travelled by bicycle instead of car.

1991 More than 7,300 staff of the travel company Thomas Cook were being asked to take a 10% cut in wages as bookings were 40% down. Thomas Cook blamed the recession and the Gulf war for the lack of bookings.

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