TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2020. There are 348 days left in the year.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY
On Jan. 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
1778 — English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the “Sandwich Islands.”
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.
1949 — Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, died destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.
2005 — The world’s largest commercial jet, the
Airbus A380 “superjumbo” capable of flying up to 800 passengers, was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
Movie director John Boorman is 87. Former Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 82. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 79. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 67. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 65. Country singer-actor Mark Collie is 64. Actor Mark Rylance
is 60. Actress Alison Arngrim (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”) is 58. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is 57. Actress Jane Horrocks is 56. Comedian Dave Attell is 55. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 51. Rapper DJ Quik is 50. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 49. Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 47. Actor Derek Richardson is 44. Actor Jason Segel is 40. Actress Samantha Mumba is 37.
Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: “American Idol”) is 36. Actress Devin Kelley is 34. Actress Ashleigh Murray (TV: “Riverdale”) is 32. Actor Zeeko Zaki is 30. Tennis player Angelique Kerber is 32. Actor Mateus Ward is 21.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.” — John Milton, English poet (1608-1674).