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January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 347 days remaining (348 in leap years)
350 - General Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans, proclaims himself Emperor. 474 - Leo II becomes briefly Byzantine emperor 532 - Nika riots in Constantinople fail. 1520 - King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Asunde. 1535 - Lima, Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro. 1670 - Henry Morgan captures Panama. 1701 - Frederick I becomes King of Prussia. 1778 - James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the " Sandwich Islands". 1861 - Georgia joins the Confederacy. 1862 - The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the American Civil War at the Battle of Mill Springs. 1871 - Wilhelm I of Germany becomes the first German Emperor. 1884 - Dr William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the UK. 1886 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. 1896 - The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time. 1911 - Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the stationed in San Francisco harbor, marking the first time an aircraft landed on a ship USS Pennsylvania 1915 - Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to China in a bid to increase its power in east Asia. 1919 - World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France. 1919 - Bentley Motors is founded. 1939 - Louis Armstrong records Jeepers Creepers. 1943 - World War II: Soviet officials announce they have broken the Wehrmacht's siege of Leningrad. 1943 - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. 1944 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City for the first time hosts a jazz concert; the performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. 1945 - Liberation of the Budapest Ghetto by the Red Army 1958 - Willie O'Ree, the first African American National Hockey League player, make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. 1964 - Plans are revealed for the World Trade Center in New York City. 1964 - The Beatles appear on the charts for the first time. Billboard magazine 1967 - Albert DeSalvo, the " Boston Strangler," is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life in prison. 1975 - debuts on The Jeffersons CBS. 1977 - Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious "legionnaire's disease." 1977 - Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83. 1978 - The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture. 1983 - The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe Olympic medals to his family. 1990 - Former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey are acquitted in a Los Angeles, California court of 52 child molestation charges. 1990 - Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting. 1991 - Eastern Airlines shuts down after 62 years citing financial problems. 1993 - For the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is officially observed in all 50 United States states. 1995 - In southern France near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc a network of caves are discovered that contain paintings and engravings that are 17,000 to 20,000 years old. 1997 - In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other. 1997 - Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. 1998 - Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report. 2002 - A Canadian Pacific Railway train carrying anhydrous ammonia derails outside of Minot, North Dakota, killing one man and calling into question the maintenance of CP track and the policy of voice-tracking used by Clear Channel Communications. 2003 - Canberra firestorm 2005 - A U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan begins
Births 1689 - Montesquieu, French writer (d. 1755) 1779 - Peter Roget, lexicographer (d. 1869) 1782 - Daniel Webster, statesman (d. 1852) 1840 - Henry Austin Dobson, poet (d. 1921) 1842 - Albert Alonzo Ames, notorious mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911) 1848 - Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (d. 1925) 1849 - Edmund Barton, first Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1920) 1850 - Seth Low, American politician 1854 - Thomas Watson (inventor), telephone pioneer 1882 - A. A. Milne, author (d. 1956) 1888 - Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (d. 1989) 1892 - Oliver Hardy, comedian, actor (d. 1957) 1903 - Werner Hinz, actor (d. 1985) 1904 - Cary Grant, actor (d. 1986) 1905 - Joseph Bonanno, gangster (d. 2002) 1908 - Jacob Bronowski, mathematician, poet, physicist (d. 1974) 1913 - Danny Kaye, actor (d. 1987) 1914 - Arno Schmidt, author (d. 1979) 1914 - William Stafford, American poet (d. 1993) 1922 - Bob Bell, ( Bozo the Clown) (d. 1997) 1932 - Robert Anton Wilson, author 1931 - Chun Doo-hwan, President of South Korea 1933 - John Boorman, director 1937 - John Hume, politician, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 1938 - Curt Flood, baseball star (d. 1997) 1940 - Ted Lewis, British novelist (d. 1982) 1941 - David Ruffin, singer (d. 1991) 1941 - Doodles Weaver, Amnerican singer 1943 - Kay Granger, American politician 1944 - Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia 1946 - Joseph Deiss, member of the Swiss Federal Council 1947 - Takeshi Kitano, actor and director 1949 - Philippe Starck, French designer 1950 - Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian racing driver (d. 1982) 1951 - Mark Collie, country music singer 1953 - Brett Hudson, American actor 1955 - Kevin Costner, actor 1961 - Mark Messier, hockey star 1964 - Jane Horrocks, British actress 1965 - Dave Attell, American writer, comedian 1967 - Kim Perrot, American basketball player (d. 1999) 1969 - Jesse L. Martin, American actor 1970 - DJ Quik, rapper 1971 - Jonathan Davis, American musician ( Korn) 1974 - Michael Tunn, TV/ radio presenter from Australia 1979 - Jonathan Davis, Lead Singer of KoRn 1983 - Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
Deaths 52 BC - Publius Clodius Pulcher, murdered in the Via Appia (b. ca. 92 BC) 474 - Leo I, emperor of the Byzantine Empire (b. 457) 1367 - King Peter I of Portugal 1862 - John Tyler, former President of the United States, member of the Congress of the Confederate States of America (b. 1790) 1873 - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, author (b. 1803) 1927 - Empress Carlotta of Mexico (b. 1840) 1936 - Rudyard Kipling, British writer (b. 1865) 1940 - Kazimierz Tetmajer, full name Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Polish poet and writer (b. 1865) 1952 - Curly Howard, actor, comedian, member of the Three Stooges 1954 - Sydney Greenstreet, actor (b. 1879) 1966 - Kathleen Norris, writer 1967 - Goose Tatum, American basketball player 1970 - David O. McKay, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1873) 1978 - Junius Matthews, American voice actor 1978 - Carl Betz, American actor 1980 - Sir Cecil Beaton, fashion designer (b. 1904) 1982 - Trent Lehman, American actor 1984 - Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and song writer of rebetiko (b. 1915) 1985 - Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor 1990 - Rusty Hamer, American actor 1991 - Leo Hurwitz, documentary film producer 1997 - Paul Tsongas, United States Senator from Maryland 2000 - Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, architect (b. 1897) 2000 - Jester Hairston, American actor 2001 - Virginia O'Brien, American actress 2001 - Al Waxman, Canadian actor 2001 - Laurent-Désiré Kabila, former President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2003 - Richard Crenna, actor (b. 1927) 2003 - Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, professional wrestler
Holidays and observances
January 17 - January 19 - December 18 - February 18 -- listing of all days
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As the Jan. 18 Washington, D.C., mass demonstration in Washington, D.C., approaches, ANSWER activists report that they have heard additional reports in the last 10 days from organizers from four countries in Asia, five in Latin America, five in Europe, and from South Africa, Canada and Australia.
In Iceland, the first demonstration against the planned U.S. attack on Iraq is set for the afternoon of Jan. 18, with a meeting in the main square of Rekjavik and a march to the U.S. Embassy.
In Germany, actions are slated in Gera on Jan. 17, and on Jan. 18 Jena, Bonn, and Berlin, and a group in Heidelberg will demonstrate at the U.S. military headquarters and near Frankfurt at the Rhine-Main Air Base also on Jan. 18.
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