Thanks to everyone who has emailed and called in to wish us luck. Hopefully, the next post will include the photo of a grumpy, pruney bundle of joy.
I thought I'd check Wikipedia's entry for this day in history for a bit of inspiration with names and out of general curiosity. I didn't spot any really momentous events. Here are a few slightly eventful moments:
- 1991 - Azerbaijan declares independence from USSR
- 1954 - Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
- 1944 - Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia
- 1929 - Women are considered "Persons" under law in Canada.
- 1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
- 1867 - United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
- 1016 - The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
- 1210 - Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV
- 68867BC - Ice Age begins
And here's a sample of the famous fellow 18th Octobrians he'll be competing with. They're quite a motley bunch so I'm not worried for him.
- 1926 - Chuck Berry, American musician
- 1949 - Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
- 1949 - Gary Richrath, American musician (REO Speedwagon)
- 1951 - Pam Dawber, American actress
- 1961 - Erin Moran American actress
- 1960 - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor
- 1956 - Martina Navrátilová, Czech-born tennis player
Purported Assassin's of US Presidents:
- 1939 - Lee Harvey Oswald, purported American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)
UK Children's TV Loners:
- 1955 - Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
- 1947 - Paul Chuckle, British comedian