On This Day in History – January 18 – Almanac



On January 18, 1997, Norwegian Borge Ousland (R) hiked 1,675 miles across Antarctica. It was the first time that someone had crossed the continent alone. File photo by Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Today is Tuesday, January 18, the 18th day of 2022 with 347 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Mars and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

People born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. Among them, the English doctor Peter Roget, who compiled Roget’s thesaurus, in 1779; American orator/statesman Daniel Webster in 1782; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girls Scouts, in 1860; English author AA Milne in 1882; comedian Oliver Hardy in 1892; actor Cary Grant in 1904; actor Danny Kaye in 1911; American inventor Ray Dolby in 1933; filmmaker John Boorman in 1933 (89); former Northern Ireland politician/Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume in 1937; former baseball star Curt Flood in 1938; singer David Ruffin in 1941; singer Bobby Goldsboro in 1941 (age 81); actor Kevin Costner in 1955 (age 67); actor Mark Rylance in 1960 (age 62); actor Jesse L. Martin in 1969 (age 53); actor/wrestler Dave Bautista in 1969 (age 53); rocker Jonathan Davis in 1971 (age 51); actor Jason Segel in 1980 (age 42); actor Becca Tobin in 1986 (age 36); actor Ashleigh Murray in 1988 (age 34); the musician Thomas Raggi in 2001 (21 years old); actor Samuel Joslin in 2002 (20 years old).

On this historical date:

In 1778, James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands. He called them the Sandwich Islands.

In 1871, William of Prussia was declared the first German emperor.

In 1919, world leaders gathered in Paris to begin a peace conference after the end of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson used the negotiations to advance his idea of ​​an international peacekeeping organization, the League of Nations.

In 1935, 98 other people were sentenced, 19 to prison and 79 to exile, for having played a part in the assassination of Sergei Kirov while Josef Stalin reigned supreme over all of Soviet Russia.

In 1969, as he prepared for the peaceful transfer of power, President Lyndon Johnson put his faith in history that his record of public service and accomplishments would be a fitting legacy.

In 1983, the International Olympic Committee returned Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals to his family. They had been canceled because Thorpe had played professional baseball. He won gold medals in 1912 in the pentathlon and decathlon.

In 1990, authorities arrested Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry on narcotics charges after he was filmed smoking crack cocaine by a woman who agreed to tape him in exchange for a reduced sentence for a previous charge.

In 1997 Norwegian Borge Ousland hiked 1,675 miles across Antarctica. It was the first time that someone had crossed the continent alone.

In 2007, Venezuelan lawmakers voted to allow President Hugo Chavez to rule by decree for 18 months.

In 2010, Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 and was later pardoned by the pontiff, was released from a Turkish prison.

In 2011, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest among a group of police recruits in Tikrit, Iraq, killing at least 60 people and injuring 150 others.

In 2013, Algerian forces freed more than 600 hostages held by Islamist militants at a gas plant in In Amenas.

In 2021, Brazil began administering COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens for the first time after granting emergency authorization to vaccines manufactured by Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

A thought for the day: “I don’t understand art for art’s sake. Art is the guts of the people. — American artist/educator Elma Lewis

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