What’s on in Jan 2018

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4 January 2018

What’s on in January 2018

or what will be in the news?

by AGGro

MON 1st


* Darts – PDC World Championship final, Alexandra Palace

* 100 years ago: 1918 Flu Pandemic caused by deadly H1N1 influenza virus – until Dec 1920.

One of the worst disasters ever, it infected 500 million worldwide and resulted in 50 to 100 million deaths (3-5% of the world’s population,).  It may have killed more than the Black Death in 100 years and more in 24 weeks than AIDS killed in 24 years. In August, soldiers returning from WW1 bought ‘Spanish flu’ to the UK. Wartime censorship restricted the reporting of this tragedy.

* Mary Beard (British classicist) is 63 today

TUES 2nd

* Scottish Bank Holiday – Last day of Hogmanay

* London schools return for the Spring Term

* 75 years ago: WW2 Americans and Australians recapture Buna, New Guinea.

WED 3rd

* Michael Schumacher (7 x F1 Champion) is 53 today


* Cricket – Australia v England, fifth Ashes Test, Sydney – until 8th Jan

FRI 5th

* Football – FA Cup third round – until 8th Jan

* 50 years ago: Prague Spring, Czechoslovakia. Alexander Dubček lead a political liberalization in the face of the USSR, which eventually resulted in an armoured invasion by Soviet forces.

* 75 years ago: WW2German army offensive “North Wind” crossed into Alsace, France.

* Vinnie Jones is 53 today

SAT 6th

* EPIPHANY Arrival of the Magi (aka 3 Wise men) at Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. All Christmas decorations down please.

* Darts – BDO World Championships, Frimley Green – until 14th Jan

* Dakar Rally takes place for 10th time again in South America as Africa is considered too dangerous – until 20th January

* Rowan Atkinson is 63 and Terry Venables is 75 today.

SUN 7th

* Orthodox Church Christmas Day

* Nick Clegg is 51 today

MON 8th

* 50 years ago: I’m Backing Britain a brief patriotic campaign to boost the British economy by working an extra ½ hour each day without pay.

* 100 years ago: WW1 – ‘14 Points’ outlined by US President Woodrow Wilson, substantially different from the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles

* Lewis Hamilton, MBE 2008 &2014 F1 World Champion is 33 today

TUES 9th

* Football – Carabao Cup semi-final first legs – until 10th Jan

* Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is 36 today

WED 10th

* London Boat Show, ExCeL – until 14th Jan

THURS 11th

* Autosport International Show, NEC Birmingham – until 14th Jan.  Formula One, BTCC, and 24 Hours of Le Mans and off-roadracing represented. 2-day trade & 2-day public show.

* Courts & Tribunals Judiciary Hilary Term starts: and ends on Wednesday 28 March 2018

* Basketball – NBA in London: Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics, O2 Arena

FRI 12th

* London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair. Excel, London – until 14th Jan. 100 specialist dealers

* Czech presidential election. (If no candidate wins a majority, a run-off election between top 2 candidates will be held on 26th/27th Jan) – until 13th Jan

* Heather Mills (activist &former wife of Paul McCartney) is 50 today.

SAT 13th

SUN 14th

* Snooker – Masters, London until 21st Jan

* 75 years ago: WW2 Casablanca Conference of Allied leaders – until 24th. Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt discuss the eventual invasion of mainland Europe, the impending invasion of Sicily and Italy, and the wisdom of the principle of “unconditional surrender”.


MON 15th

* Tennis – Australian Open, Melbourne – until 28th Jan

* Football – Scottish Cup fourth round – also 20th and 21st Jan

* Dame Margaret Beckett, (politician) is 75 today


TUES 16th

* London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington – until 21st Jan. Large display of modern art from over 125 participating galleries in the main Fair, with 2 curated sections focusing on younger galleries and contemporary photography with Photo50.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Royal Air Force begins a two-night bombing of Berlin.


WED 17th

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Warsaw liberated by Red Army troops. A government favourable to the USSR is installed.

* Mia Grace Tindall, daughter of Zara & 17th  in line to the throne is 4 years old today


THURS 18th

* 75 years ago: WW2 – start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rise up for the first time,


FRI 19th

SAT 20th

* Sophie, Countess of Wessex is 53 today

SUN 21st

MON 22nd

* 50 years ago:  Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In debuts on NBC.

TUES 23rd

* Football – Carabao Cup semi-final second legs – also 24th Jan

* 75 years ago: WW2  British capture Tripoli, Libya.

WED 24th

THURS 25th

* Burns Night – celebrates the birth of Scots poet Rabbie in 1759

* WRC: Monte-Carlo Rally – until 28th Jan

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, Manchester Central Convention Complex (aka  ‘Manchester Central’) with 700 beers & ciders featuring cask & keg beers – until 27th Jan


FRI 26th

* Australia Day – marks arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson in 1788

* Diving – British Championships, Plymouth – until 28th Jan

* Edward Van Halen is 63 today

SAT 27th

* Holocaust Memorial Day – national commemoration day in the UK dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

* Football – FA Cup fourth round – until 28th Jan

* 75 years ago: WW2 50 bombers mount the first all American air raid against Germany. Wilhelmshaven, the large naval base, is the primary target.

* 75 years ago: WW2 Siege of Leningrad is lifted by Red Army after 2 years

SUN 28th

* Presidential elections scheduled to be held in Cyprus

* Basketball – BBL Cup final, Birmingham

MON 29th

* 75 years ago: WW2 –  Battle of Rennell Island, near Guadalcanal. The Japanese beat the Americans and the USS Chicago was lost.

* Tony Blackburn (British radio disc jockey) is 75 today

TUES 30th

* 50 years ago: Vietnam War – The Tet Offensive begins, as Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks across South Vietnam.

* 75 years ago: WW2  Japanese successfully evacuate Guadalcanal undetected by the Americans.

WED 31st

* Self Assessment Tax returns deadline for year end 05/04/17

* Việt Cộng soldiers attack the US Embassy, Saigon.

* 75 years ago: WW2 Friedrich Paulus (German 6th Army) and his staff surrender to Soviet troops in Stalingrad.


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