On this day.... January 18

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WINNIE THE POOH DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MICHIGAN APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEKING DUCK DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • DANIEL WEBSTER (1782-1852)
  • A. A. MILNE (1882-1956)
  • OLIVER HARDY (1892-1957)
  • CARY GRANT (1904-1986)
  • DANNY KAYE (1913-1987)
  • KEVIN COSTNER (1955, 63)
  • MARK RYLANCE (1960, 58)
  • MARK MESSIER (1961, 57)
  • JASON SEGEL (1980, 38)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1535, FRANCISCO PIZZARO FOUNDS LIMA, PERU
  • IN 1733, AN EXHIBIT IN BOSTON INCLUDES THE FIRST POLAR BEAR SEEN IN AMERICA
  • IN 1778, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK DISCOVERS THE SANDWICH ISLANDS (HAWAII)
  • IN 1788, 736 CONVICTS ARRIVE IN BOTANY BAY PENAL COLONY AND SETTLE WHAT WILL BECOME AUSTRALIA
  • IN 1818, MARY SHELLEY RELEASES “FRANKENSTEIN”
  • IN 1862, ARIZONA IS FORMED AS A CONFEDERATE TERRITORY
  • IN 1896, THE FIRST X-RAY MACHINE IS DEMONSTRATED IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1919, THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE OPENS TO DECIDE THE FORMAL ENDING OF WORLD WAR I, RESULTING IN THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
  • IN 1929, WALTER WINCHELL OF THE NY DAILY MIRROR DEBUTS HIS RADIO SHOW
  • IN 1941, THE BRITISH LAUNCH AN OFFENSIVE IN EAST AFRICA AGAINST ITALY IN WWII
  • IN 1943, THE SOVIETS BREAK THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD BY GERMANY IN WWII
  • IN 1943, AMERICAN BAKERS CEASE SELLING SLICED BREAD DUE TO WAR RATIONS
  • IN 1944, THE US BEGINS ACCEPTING NATURALIZED CITIZENS FROM CHINA AGAIN AFTER THE EXCLUSION ACTS ARE OFFICIALLY REPEALED
  • IN 1944, LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND BENNY GOODMAN HEADLINE THE FIRST EVER JAZZ CONCERT AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE OF NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1945, SOVIET TROOPS TAKE KRAKOW IN A SIEGE THAT EVENTUALLY FREES POLAND
  • IN 1952, CURLY HOWARD OF THE THREE STOOGES DIES OF A STROKE AT 48
  • IN 1958, WILLIE O’REE OF THE BOSTON BRUINS IS THE FIRST BLACK NHL PLAYER
  • IN 1964, “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND” DEBUTS AT #35 MARKING THE BEATLES FIRST APPEARANCE ON THE BILLBOARD SINGLES CHART
  • IN 1967, THE BOSTON STRANGLER, ALBERT DESALVO, IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON ON UNRELATED CHARGES (NEVER CHARGED FOR MURDER DUE TO LACK OF EVIDENCE)
  • IN 1969, UNITED FLIGHT 266 CRASHES IN SANTA MONICA AND KILLS 38 PEOPLE
  • IN 1973, THE BBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS”
  • IN 1974, “THE $6 MILLION MAN” DEBUTS ON ABC
  • IN 1975, “THE JEFFERSONS” PREMIERES ON CBS
  • IN 1980, PINK FLOYD REACHES #1 WITH “THE WALL”
  • IN 1980, THE OWNERS OF STUDIO 54 ARE SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX EVASION
  • IN 1986, “THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR” REACHES #1
  • IN 1990, WASHINGTON DC MAYOR MARION BARRY IS ARRESTED FOR SMOKING CRACK
  • IN 1991, IRAQ LAUNCHES “SCUD” MISSILES AT ISRAEL
  • IN 1991, THE US ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CIA PAID MANUEL NORIEGA $320,000
  • IN 1991, EASTERN AIRLINES GOES OUT OF BUSINESS AFTER 62 YEARS
  • IN 1993, ARIZONA BECOMES THE FINAL OF THE 50 STATES TO ACKNOWLEDGE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S BIRTHDAY AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY (THOUGH SEVERAL STATES USED OTHER NAMES FOR THE DAY UNTIL TEN YEARS LATER)
  • IN 1994, SHANNON FAULKNER IS THE FIRST FEMALE CADET AT THE CITADEL
  • IN 1995, CELESTE KEYS IN BORN 95 DAYS AFTER HER TWIN BROTHER TIMOTHY
  • IN 1996, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL VOTES TO INCLUDE INTERLEAGUE PLAY IN 1997
  • IN 1996, LISA MARIE PRESLEY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM MICHAEL JACKSON
  • IN 1998, THE BOSTON CELTICS RETIRE ROBERT PARRISH’S #00
  • IN 2004, THE PATRIOTS BEAT THE COLTS FOR THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 2006, AFTER PROTESTS FROM PETA, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INSPECTS MICHAEL JACKSON’S NEVERLAND RANCH AND FINDS ALL ANIMALS TO BE HEALTHY
  • IN 2008, GEORGE CLOONEY IS NAMED A UNITED NATIONS MESSENGER OF PEACE
  • IN 2011, SARGENT SHRIVER DIES AT 95
  • IN 2015, THE PATRIOTS BEAT THE COLTS FOR THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (AGAIN)
  • IN 2016, GLENN FREY OF THE EAGLES DIES AT 68
  • TRIVIA

ON THIS DAY IS WHAT YEAR WAS THE FIRST EVER AMERICAN UFO SIGHTING REPORTED ABOVE BOSTON HARBOR?         

IN 1644

ADRIANA CASELOTTI, THE VOICE OF SNOW WHITE DIED ON THIS DAY IN 1997. HOW MUCH WAS SHE PAID FOR HER ICONIC ROLE?          

$970

ON THIS DAY IN 1975, BARRY MANILOW HIT #1 ON THE POP CHARTS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH WHAT SINGLE?                               

MANDY

ON THIS DAY IN 1989, WHO BECAME THE YOUNGEST EVER MEMBER INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AT AGE 38?                        

STEVIE WONDER

IN 1975, THE JEFFERSONS DEBUTS ON CBS, A SPIN OFF OF WHAT SHOW?    

ALL IN THE FAMILY

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