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On This Day is an essential tool for journalists and radio presenters across the country providing them with all the major events that took place on this day over the past 2,000 years. Receive daily historical facts and events, famous birthdays and world, music, sport and entertainment history.


ON THIS DAY: 18th November

Entertainment

2006

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married in a Scientology ceremony in Rome.

2003

Les Dennis and Amanda Holden divorced.

1959

Ben Hur' premiered at Loew's Theatre in New York.

1928

Steamboat Willie' was released in America. It was the first fully synchronised sound cartoon, and starred Mickey.

1477

William Caxton's 'The Dictes or Sayinges of the Philosophers'' was published. It was the first printed book in England bearing dates.

Music

1999

It was revealed that Madonna had bought a house in South Kensington for £5 million.

1990

Paul McCartney's birth certificate was sold for $18,000 in Houston, Texas.

1978

The Blues Brothers made their first television debut in America on 'Saturday Night Live'.

1972

Steely Dan entered the American chart for the first time with 'Do it again'.

1963

The Beatles were awarded with a silver disc for 'Please Please Me'.

Sport

2005

It was announced that Roy Keane had left Manchester United by mutual consent.

2003

Leeds United footballer Jody Morris was charged with rape after an allegation by a 20-year-old woman. The charges were later dropped.

1999

Steffi Graf received a two-minute standing ovation from the crowd of 12,000 in New York's Madison Square Garden, after they had finished watching a video showing highlights of her career.

1998

Lindsay Davenport was guaranteed the world number one ranking for the end of the year.

1927

Head of FIFA Jules Rimet announced the creation of the World Cup.

News

1987

A fire broke out at London's King Cross underground station, killing 31 people.

1626

St Peter's in Rome was consecrated.

1421

The seawall at the Zuider Zee dyke broke, flooding 72 villages and killing 10,000 people in the Netherlands.

Birthday

1975

Ant McPartlin - One half of Ant and Dec. TV presenter and former pop start, who had a series of hits with Dec as PJ and Duncan - a duo spawned from their roles in 'Byker Grove'.

1974

Chloë Sevigny - An American film actress, fashion designer and former model whose films include 'Kids' and 'Boys Don't Cry'.

1942

Linda Evans - An American actress known primarily for her roles on television. In the 1960s, she first gained fame after playing Audra Barkley in the Western television series, The Big Valley.

1906

Sir Alec Issigonis - A Greek-British designer of cars, now remembered chiefly for the groundbreaking and influential development of the Mini, launched by the British Motor Corporation in 1959.

Death

2002

James Coburn - An American film and television actor. Coburn appeared in nearly 70 films and made more than 100 television appearances during his 45-year career. His films include 'The Great Escape', 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Monsters Inc'.

1994

Cab Calloway - An African-American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer.

1976

Man Ray - An American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal.

1969

Joseph P Kennedy - An American businessman, investor, and government official. Kennedy was an Irish American and was the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

1922

Marcel Proust - A French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu. It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

Event

2013

Global Entrepreneurship Week 18-24 November

2013

Anti-Bullying Week (18th-22nd Nov)

2013

Alcohol Awareness Week (18-24 November)