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On This Day in History - 18th September

Birthdays

1819Jean Foucault, French physicist
1905Greta Garbo, Swedish born film actress
1930Ray Alan, Ventriloquist
1935John Spencer, Snooker player
1949Peter Shilton, English goalkeeper/manager
1958Derek Pringle, Cricketer

Events

1851The 'New York Times' newspaper was first published
1879Balckpool's famous illuminations were switched on for the first time
1914The Irish Home Rule Bill began
1927The American CBS broacasting organisation was created
1934The Soviet Union was admitted to the League of Nations
1970Jimi Hendrix, the US rock guitarist, died
1981France abolished capital punishement
1989Hungary began a transition to a Western style democracy
1993The Australian PM announced plans to make Australia a republic by 2001