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On This Day in History - 18th July


1811W.M Thackery, English novelist
1848W.G Grace, Cricketing legend
1918Nelson Mandella, South African President
1921John Glenn, American astronaut
1949Dennis Lillee, Cricketer
1950Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin
1957Nick Faldo, English golfer


1817Jane Austin, the English author, died aged 41
1892Thomas Cook, the travel agent pioneer, died
1919The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, was unveiled
1923Women in Britain were given equal divorce rights with men
1936The Spanish Civil war began with an army revolt against the government
1967Major defence cuts were announced, along with troop withdrawls in Egypt
1984Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space
1994Part of comet Shoemaker-Levy crashed into the planet Jupiter