1/18/2017 12:37:00 PM World Almanac printed January 18, 2017
Today is the 18th day of 2017 and the 29th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, English settlers landed in Australia to establish a penal colony. In 1943, the first armed uprising began at the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland. In 1964, planners unveiled the designs for New York's World Trade Center. In 1990, Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry was arrested on drug possession charges as a result of an FBI sting operation. In 1993, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), political philosopher; Daniel Webster (1782-1852), statesman/orator; A.A. Milne (1882-1956), children's author; Cary Grant (1904-1986), actor; Danny Kaye (1911-1987), entertainer; Kevin Costner (1955- ), actor; Mark Messier (1961- ), hockey player; Dave Attell (1965- ), actor/comedian; Dave Bautista (1969- ), wrestler/actor; Jesse L. Martin (1969- ), actor; Julius Peppers (1980- ), football player; Jason Segel (1980- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The United Nations designated 11 convict sites in Australia -- used as prisons by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries -- as World Heritage Sites in 2010.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1976, wide receiver Lynn Swann gained 161 yards on four receptions and was named MVP as Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 21-17 in Super Bowl X.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there." -- Baron de Montesquieu, "Lettres Persanes" ("Persian Letters")
TODAY'S NUMBER: 582,578 -- square miles of Pacific Ocean encompassed by the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, established at 139,797 square miles by President George W. Bush in June 2006 and expanded to its current size by President Barack Obama in 2016.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Jan. 12) and last quarter moon (Jan 19).