On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 1957

Day of the Week: Monday

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 DR, 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)

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