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On This Day in History - 18th October


1697Canaletto, Renowned Italian painter
1925Melina Mercouri, Actress who became Greek Minister of Culture
1926Chuck Berry, Popular 'Rock and Roll' singer of the 50's
1927George C Scott, Oscar winning, American actor and director
1939Lee Harvey Oswald, Presumed assassin of President J F Kennedy
1956Martina Navratilova, Winner of nine Wimbledon ladies singles titles
1961Gladstone Small, English cricketer
1961Wynton Marsalis, Jazz trumpeter


1826Britains last national state lottery was held
1898Puerto Rico was formerly taken over by America, from the Spanish
1910At the Old Bailey the trial began of the infamous Dr Crippen, accused of murdering his wife
1922The British Broadcasting Corporation was officially formed
1963Harold Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister, succeeded by Sir Alec Douglas Home
1987Nigel Mansell won the Mexican Grand Prix
1988A broadcasting ban was imposed on the IRA, by Home Secretary Douglas Hurd