This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2019. There are 347 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Filmmaker John Boorman is 86. Former Senator Paul Kirk, Democrat of Massachusetts, is 81. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 78. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 64. Actor Mark Rylance is 59. Actress Alison Arngrim (TV: ‘‘Little House on the Prairie”) is 57. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 50. Former NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous is 46. Actor Jason Segel is 39.

In 1778, English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the ‘‘Sandwich Islands.’’


In 1904, actor Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England.

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In 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.

In 1919, the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate treaties ending the First World War, opened in Versailles, France.

In 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. The Soviets announced they’d broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad. (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted).

In 1957, a trio of B-52’s completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.


In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the ‘‘Boston Strangler,’’ was convicted of armed robbery, assault, and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in Walpole in 1973.)

In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

In 2009, Israeli troops begin to withdraw from Gaza after their government and Hamas militants declared an end to a three-week war.

Last year, at the end of a visit to Chile that was meant to heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal, Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slandering another bishop; Francis said he would need to see proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima.