What’s on in 2018?

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What’s on in 2018?

What will be in the news and when to plan your holidays

By AGGro

Fri 5th Epiphany – The Magi (aka 3 Wise Men) arrive with gifts for Baby Jesus – all Christmas decorations down please.
Sat 6th 50 years ago: The Prague Spring, Czechoslovakia.  Alexander Dubček led a political liberalization in the face of the Soviet Union which resulted in an armoured invasion by Soviet forces.
Wed 31st 75 years ago: WW2 – End of Battle of Stalingrad.  Field Marshal Paulus surrendered with German 6th Army to Russians.
Thurs 1st 100 years ago: Birth of Muriel Spark, Scottish playwright – died 2006.
Sat 3rdRBS 6 Nations Rugby 2018 Rugby Union: Six Nations – until 17th March.
Fri 9thWinter Olympics 2018 Pyeongyang Korea Winter Olympics 2018, Pyeongchang, South Korea – until 25th Feb.
Wed 14th Ash Wednesday – first day of Lent.
Mon 19th 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of Kasserine Pass, Atlas Mountains, Rommel defeats the US forces in their first major battle.
Thurs 1st 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Bismarck Sea.  U.S. and Australian naves sink eight Japanese troop transports near New Guinea.
Thurs 8thCrufts Dog Show Header Logo Crufts Dog Show 2018, NEC Birmingham – until 11th March.
Sun 11th Mothers’ Day
Sat 24thOxford Cambridge Boat Race Logo 2018 Rowing: Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.  Start- Men’s 4.31pm & Women’s 5.31pm.
Sat 24th Daylight saving time in the UK begins Sun 25th at 1:00am
Sun 25th 100 years ago: Death of Claude Debussy, French composer – born 1862.
Wed 28th 50 years ago: Death of Maxim Gorky, Russian writer – born 1897.
Thurs 29th One year until Brexit Effective Day 29/03/2019?
Fri 30th Good Friday Bank Holiday
Sun 1st 100 years ago:  Royal Air Force created with merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
Mon 2nd Easter Monday Bank Holiday
Wed 4thCommonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast Australia logo Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia – until 15th April.
Wed 4th 50 years ago:  Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated.
Sat 11th 50 years ago: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Thurs 19th 250 years ago: Death of Canaletto, Italian painter and etcher – born 1697.
Fri 20th 50 years ago: Enoch Powell made controversial ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.
Sat 21st Queen Elizabeth II is 92 today.
Sat 5th 200 years ago: Birth of Karl Marx.  German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883).
Sat 5th Women’s FA Cup Final, Wembley
Sat 12th First day of Ramadan
Wed 16th 75 years ago: WW2 – Dambuster Raids RAF 617 Squadron bomb German dams, Mohne & Eder flooding the Ruhr valley.
Sat 19th   ROYAL WEDDING  – Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.A happy Prince Harry with Meghan Markle on his arm in front of a long lawn
Sat 19th FA Cup Final (Mens’) , Wembley
Sun 20th Glyndebourne Opera Festival Nr. Lewes, East Sussex – until 27th Aug.
Wed 23rdc RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ranelagh Gardens,  SW7  – until 27th May.
Thurs 24thECB logo England Cricket Board Cricket: England v Pakistan Test series begins – until 5th June.
Mon 28th Bank Holiday Monday
Sat 2ndEpsom Derby Logo 2018 Investec Horse Racing: The Derby,  Epsom
Tues 5th 50 years ago: Robert F. Kennedy (US presidential candidate) assassinated.
Sat 9th 1950 years ago: Nero, Roman Emperor committed suicide in 68AD – born 37BC.
Sun 10th Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is 96 today.
Wed 13thODI Cricket England Australia 2018 Cricket: England v Australia One Day Internationals (ODIs) – until 27th June.
Wed 13th Art: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.  Piccadilly – until 20th Aug.
Thurs 14th Last day of Ramadan Eid-al- Fitr.
Thurs 14th – July 15th FIFA WORLD CUP 2018, Russia – until 15th July.

  • There is a 64 game schedule with Russia opening at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on Thurs 14th June.  The Final will be played at this stadium on Sun 15th July.
  • England,(Group G) based at Repino (30 miles from St Petersburg),
  • First round Group G fixtures:
    • Mon 18th:     Tunisia v England, Volgograd  (415 miles away)
    • Sun 24th:     England v Panama, Nizhny Novgorod (300 miles away)
    • Thurs 28th: England v Belgium,  Kaliningrad (250 miles away)

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Sweden, Mexico, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
Wed 20thRoyal Ascot Logo Horse racing: Royal Ascot, Berkshire – until 24th June
Thurs 21st  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is 36 today.
Sat 23rd 150 years ago: “Type-writer” invented by Christopher Latham Sholes.
Sun 24th Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive.
Mon 25th 50 years ago:  Death of Tony Hancock, English comedian – born 1924.
Mon 2ndWimbledon Lawn Tennis Association Logo Tennis: Wimbledon Championships – until 15th July
Tues 3rdECB logo England Cricket Board Cricket: India to play IT20 series – until 8th July.
Wed 4thLendy Cowes Week 2018 logo Sailing: Cowes Week , Isle of Wight – until 11th Aug
Wed 4thHenley Royal Regatta Logo 2018 tB7nNs1X Rowing: Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames – until 8th July
Thurs 5th 75 years ago: WW2 – Operation Citadel (aka Battle of Kursk) Russia defeated Germany in the largest tank battle ever.
Fri 7thTour de France 2018 logo Cycling: Tour de France (3,329km) starts in the Pays de la Loire – until 29th July.
Sun 8thSilverstone British Grand Prix 2018 logo Formula 1: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
Sun 15th 100 years ago:  World War I: The Second Battle of the Marne begins.
Sun 22ndGuards Polo Club Logo International Polo Day, Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Surrey
Fri 27thEarth + Mars Planet Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2003.
Sun 29thQatar Goodwood Festival Horseracing meeting Horse racing: Goodwood Festival, West Sussex – until 2nd Aug
Wed 8th 100 years ago:  WW1 – Battle of Amiens – start of Allied victories of the 100 Days Offensive leading to eventual defeat of the German Army.
Sun 12th Glorious 12th – start of the Grouse shooting season.
Mon 27th Late Summer Bank Holiday
Mon 3rd 79 years ago: Start of World War Two.  UK, France, New Zealand & Australia declared war on Germany following its invasion of Poland.
Fri 21st 75 years ago: WW2 – German soldiers massacred Italian Acqui Div. on Greek isle of Cephallonia – inspiration for novel ‘Capt., Corelli’s Mandolin’.
Thurs 4thWRC Rally Wales 2018 WRC Rally Wales – until 7th Oct
Thurs 4th Super Thursday – around 500 new books published in time for Christmas.
Sun 28th Daylight Saving ends in the UK on Sun 28th at 02:00am.
Mon 5th Guy Fawkes Night
Sun 11th 100 years ago: End of World War One with the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France.  Also the day for Remembrance Sunday for all soldiers killed in war.
Sun 14th Prince Charles is 70 today
Fri 28th 50 years ago: Death of Enid Blyton, English children’s writer – born 11/08/1897.
Sun 2nd First Sunday in Advent – carols may now be played.
Fri 21st 30 years ago: Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  243 passengers, 16 crew & 11 residents died in when an explosive device was detonated on board.
Wed 26th Boxing Day Bank Holiday
Wed 26th 75 years ago: WW2 – German battleship Scharnhorst sunk off North Cape in the Arctic by British Navy torpedoes.

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