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On This Day in History - 18th August


1750Antonio Salieri, Italian composer
1830Franz Joseph I, Austro-Hungarian emperor
1922Shelley Winters, American film actress
1933Roman Polanski, Polish born film director
1937Robert Redford, US film actor and director
1937Willie Rushton, Satirist & TV personality


1856A patent was granted for condensed milk
1941The National Fire Service was established in Britain
1960The first oral contraceptive was sold in the United States
1964South Africa was banned from taking part in the Olympic Games
1966The 'Cultural Revolution' in China began
1986Soviet leader Grobachev announced a further freeze on nuclear testing
1993The waring factions in Yugoslavia agreed to place Sarajevo under UN control