Today's History Trivia for January 18
1995 Longest time between the birth of surviving twins Celeste Keys is born 95 days after her twin brother Timothy.
1994 First female cadet to attend the Citadel The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the 151-year-old military college's male-only admissions policy is unconstitutional. Two days later, Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet.
1991 Closest recorded approach of an asteroid to Earth, 105,700 miles.
1967 Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on charges unrelated to the strangulations. Although he confessed, he was never tried for the murders due to lack of evidence.
1958 First African-American to Play in an NHL game Willie O'Ree for the Boston Bruins.
1948 The Original Amateur Hour debuts on DuMont. It was one of only four shows to appear on all four major TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, DuMont). Its contestants included future stars Pat Boone and Gladys Knight. Elvis Presley had been turned down for the show.
1943 World War II American bakers are ordered to quit selling sliced bread for the remainder of the war.
1911 First plane to land aboard a ship Eugene Ely lands on the USS Pennsylvania.
1778 The Hawaiian Islands James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands. Two days later, he landed on the island of Kauai, naming the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, the earl of Sandwich.
1644 First UFO Sighting in America The UFOs seen over Boston Harbor are described as two lights with sparks flying between them. These are believed to be the same UFOs that had appeared earlier in 1639.
Today's Birthdays for January 18
1984 Michael Kearney American child prodigy. He is the youngest college graduate (received bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of South Alabama at age 10 years, 5 months). He won $1,000,000 on the AOL game Gold Rush (2006), but only $25,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (2008).
1955 Kevin Costner American actor. Film: The Big Chill (1983, Alex's corpse), The Untouchables (1987), Bull Durham (1988), and Dances with Wolves (1990).
1941 Bobby Goldsboro American pop singer. Music: Honey (1968, #1) and Autumn of My Life (1968).
1933 Ray Dolby d. 2013 American inventor. He developed the Dolby noise reduction system. He also won an Emmy award for his contribution to the first video recorder (1957).
1933 John Boorman English film director. Film: Deliverance (1972) and Hope and Glory (1987).
1904 Cary Grant d. 1986 (Archibald Leach), British-born Oscar-winning actor. Film: North By Northwest (1959) and That Touch of Mink (1962).
1892 Oliver Hardy d. 1957 (Oliver Norvell Hardy), American comedian, actor. He made over 100 films with partner Stan Laurel.
1854 Thomas Augustus Watson d. 1934 American telephone technician and shipbuilder. He was Alexander Bell's assistant during his discovery of the telephone and was one of the founders of Bell Telephone.
1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden d. 1906 American farmer. He invented the first practical barbed wire.
1782 Daniel Webster d. 1852 American statesman.
1779 Peter Roget d. 1869 English lexicographer. Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus (1852).
Deaths for January 18
2016 Glenn Frey b. 1948 American Grammy-winning singer, with The Eagles. Music: Take It Easy (1972), Hotel California (1976, #1), and Smuggler's Blues (1985).
1993 Eleanor Hibbet b. circa 1906 British historical novelist. Writings: Widow of Windsor and The Bride of Pendorric. Her books, written under names including Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, Philippa Carr, have sold an estimated 75,000,000 copies.
1978 Carl Betz b. 1920 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Donna Reed Show (Donna's husband) and Judd for the Defense (the tough Texas lawyer).
1967 Goose b. 1921 (Reese Tatum), American basketball player, "Clown Prince of Basketball." He played with the Harlem Globetrotters (1946-55).
1939 Carl Emil "Bunny" Schultze b. 1866 American cartoonist, creator of Foxy Grandpa (1900).
1936 Rudyard Kipling b. 1865 English Nobel-winning author, poet. Writings: The Jungle Book (1894).
1862 John Tyler b. 1790 10th U.S. President (1841-45) and 10th U.S. Vice-President (1841). He took office after Pres. Harrison died after having served only 31 days. He was the first U.S. President to marry while in office and the only President to elope (1844), and the first President to decline to run for a second term. Siding with South during the Civil War, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress, but died before he could take office.
1861 John Heathcoat b. 1783 English manufacturer. He invented a lacemaking machine (1808) which was considered by far to be the most complicated machine of its time.