On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 1957

Historical Events

  • Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Rauner, American politician (Governor of Illinois, 2015–), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Marita Koch, German 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980), born in Wismar, Germany
  • Vanna Marie White, American television host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Conway, South Carolina

Famous Deaths

  • Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36
  • Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79

Person of interestJoseph Gilbert Hamilton

Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49


1957 Highlights

About February 18, 1957

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius