Friday 18 August 1995
Births: Virginia Dare, first child of English parents to be born in America, 1587; Antonio Salieri, composer, 1750; Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria- Hungary, 1830; Henry Cornelius, film director, 1913. Deaths: Genghis Khan, 1227; Pope Paul IV, 1559; Sir William Fairbairn, engineer and inventor, 1874; Anita Loos, screenwriter, novelist and playwright, 1981. On this day: the Russians were defeated by Napoleon at Smolensk, 1812; the National Fire Service in Britain was established, 1941; the Tay Road Bridge was opened, 1966; in the Soviet Union, President Mikhail Gorbachev, while on holiday in the Crimea, was seized and held prisoner, 1991. Today is the Feast Day of St Agapitus, St Alipius, St Beatrice or Brites da Silva, Saints Florus and Laurus and St Helena.
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
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New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
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'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
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