What Happened on April 18


Historical Events

1676 – Sudbury, Massachusetts, attacked by Indians
1946 – US recognizes Tito’s Yugoslavia government
1964 – Artisans strike in Belgium ends
1987 – Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
2017 – British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a “snap” election
2021 – 12-team European Super League is announced to widespread condemnation amongst governments, non-involved clubs, press and fans; amidst the furore all 6 EPL clubs withdraw within 3 days

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian rowing coxswain (Olympic gold USA men’s eight 1964; bronze Hungary coxed pair 1948), born in Sárvár, Hungary (d. 2004)
1923 – Leif Panduro, Danish writer (‘k Have varnish on traditions), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1977)
1923 – Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2015)
1928 – Howard S. Becker, American sociologist, born in Chicago, Illinois
1947 – Walt Richmond, American rock keyboardist (The Tractors; J.J. Cale; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1987 – Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer (Play My Drum), born in Mosjøen, Norway

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Famous Deaths

1800 – Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies at 71
1928 – Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 58
1938 – Richard Terry, English organist and musicologist, dies at 73
1996 – Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
2020 – François Lafortune Jr., Belgian rifle shooter (7 x Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), dies from Parkinson’s disease at 87
2022 – Harrison Birtwistle, British contemporary classical composer (The Minotaur; The Mask of Orpheus), dies at 87

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