Famous birthdays, deaths and events of January 18
1519 - Isabella Jagiełło, queen of Hungary (d. 1559) 1543 - (baptised) Alfonso Ferrabosco (I), Italian composer (d. 1588) 1641 - François-Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois 1672 - Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731) 1689 - Montesquieu, French writer (d. 1755) 1779 - Peter Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869) 1795 - Anna Pavlovna of Russia, queen of The Netherlands (d. 1865) 1840 - Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (d. 1921) 1841 - Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (d. 1894) 1848 - Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925) 1856 - Daniel Hale Williams, African-American surgeon (d. 1931) 1881 - Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (d. 1975) 1882 - A. A. Milne, English author (d. 1956) 1886 - Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (d. 1962) 1892 - Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (d. 1957) 1892 - Paul Rostock, German surgeon (d. 1956) 1896 - C. M. Eddy, Jr. 1904 - Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986) 1904 - Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006) 1905 - Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002) 1913 - Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987) 1914 - Arno Schmidt, German author (d. 1979) 1915 - Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984) 1922 - Bob Bell, American clown (d. 1997) 1927 - Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player (d. 1990) 1932 - Robert Anton Wilson, American author (d. 2007) 1933 - John Boorman, Irish film director 1934 - Raymond Briggs, English writer and illustrator 1935 - Albert Millaire, Quebec actor and theatre director 1935 - Jon Stallworthy, English poet 1938 - Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997) 1938 - Anthony Giddens, British sociologist 1940 - Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971) 1941 - Bobby Goldsboro, American country/pop singer 1941 - David Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991) 1944 - Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983) 1945 - José Luis Perales, Spanish singer 1946 - Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councilor 1947 - Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director 1947 - Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseball player 1950 - Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (d. 1982) 1951 - Bob Latchford, English footballer 1952 - R. Stevie Moore, American singer 1952 - Michael Behe, American advocate of Intelligent Design 1953 - Brett Hudson, American actor 1954 - Ted DiBiase, Retired Professional Wrestler 1955 - Kevin Costner, American actor 1956 - Sharon Mitchell, American porn actress 1956 - Tom Bailey, English singer (Thompson Twins) 1961 - Mark Messier, Canadian ice hockey player 1961 - Peter Beardsley, English footballer 1961 - Jeff Yagher, American actor 1962 - Alison Arngrim, American actress 1962 - David O'Connor, American equestrian rider 1963 - Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter 1964 - Jane Horrocks, British actress 1964 - Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor 1964 - Andrea Leand, American tennis player 1965 - Dave Attell, American writer and comedian 1966 - Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player 1966 - André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver 1967 - Kim Perrot, American basketball player (d. 1999) 1967 - Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer 1969 - Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer 1969 - Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler 1969 - Jim O'Rourke, American musician and producer (Loose Fur and Wilco) 1970 - DJ Quik, American rapper 1970 - Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist 1971 - Jonathan Davis, American singer (KoЯn) 1971 - Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver 1971 - Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer 1972 - Mike Lieberthal, American baseball player 1973 - Anthony Koutoufides, Australian rules footballer 1973 - Crispian Mills, British musician (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker) 1974 - Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio 1974 - Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak) 1974 - Devon Odessa, American actress 1974 - Maulik Pancholy, American actor 1976 - Laurence Courtois, Belgian tennis player 1976 - Damien Leith, Australian Idol 2006 1977 - Curtis Cregan, American actor 1977 - Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player 1977 - Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi) 1978 - Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player 1979 - Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer 1979 - Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer 1979 - Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player 1979 - Kenyatta Jones, American football player 1980 - Robert Green, English footballer 1980 - Julius Peppers, American football player 1980 - Jason Segel, American actor 1980 - Estelle Swaray, English singer 1981 - Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor 1981 - Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player 1981 - Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer 1982 - Joanna Newsom, American harpist 1983 - Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress 1984 - Benji Schwimmer, American dancer 1984 - Michael Kearney, American child prodigy 1984 - Maarja Kivi, Estonian singer 1984 - Seung-Hui Cho, shooter at Virginia Tech 1985 - Dale Begg-Smith, Australian freestyle skier 1985 - Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player 1985 - Minissha Lamba, Indian Actress and Model 1988 - Ronald Guglielmone Jr., American singer-songwriter 1993 - Morgan York, American actress
1677 - Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch merchant (b. 1619) 1803 - Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743) 1873 - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803) 1923 - Wallace Reid, Actor (b. 1891) 1936 - Rudyard Kipling, British writer 1940 - Kazimierz Tetmajer, Polish writer (b. 1865) 1952 - Curly Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1903) 1954 - Sydney Greenstreet, English actor (b. 1879) 1963 - Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the British Labour Party (b. 1906) 1966 - Kathleen Norris, American writer (b. 1880) 1967 - Goose Tatum, American basketball player (b. 1921) 1969 - Hans Freyer, German sociologist (b. 1887) 1971 - Virgil Finlay, American horror illustrator (b. 1914) 1975 - Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (b. 1897) 1978 - Carl Betz, American film and television actor (b. 1921) 1978 - Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective 1984 - Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915) 1985 - Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (b. 1912) 1989 - Bruce Chatwin, English novelist (b. 1940) 1990 - Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947) 1993 - Eleanor Hibbert, British author (b. 1906) 1995 - Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937) 1996 - Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923) 2001 - Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935) 2003 - Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926) 2005 - Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973) 2006 - Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915) 2007 - Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963) 2008 - Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927) 2008 - Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925) 2009 - Grigore Vieru, 73, Moldovan poet, car accident. 2009 - Bal Samant, 85, Indian writer, after long illness. 2009 - Bob May, 69, American actor (Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel), heart failure. 2009 - Nora Kovach, 77, Hungarian-born American ballerina, after short illness. 2009 - Kathleen Byron, 88, British actress (Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death, The House in the Square). 2009 - João Aguardela, 39, Portuguese musician, cancer. 2010 - Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk singer (born 1946)
474 - Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor. 532 - Nika riots in Constantinople fail. 1535 - Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru. 1670 - Henry Morgan captures Panama. 1701 - Frederick I becomes King of Prussia. 1777 - Representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declare the independence of the Vermont Republic from Britain. 1778 - James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands". 1788 - The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay. 1861 - American Civil War 1884 - Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom. 1886 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. 1896 - The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time. 1903 - President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States. 1911 - Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, marking the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. 1913 - A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos during the First Balkan War, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece. 1915 - Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia. 1916 - A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri. 1919 - World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France. 1919 - Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland. 1919 - Bentley Motors Limited is founded. 1943 - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. 1944 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. 1944 - Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad. 1945 - Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army. 1955 - Battle of Yijiangshan occurred. 1958 - Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut. 1967 - Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life in prison. 1969 - United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay resulting in the loss of all 32 passengers and six crew members. 1974 - A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War. 1977 - Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease. 1977 - Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83. 1978 - The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture. 1983 - The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family. 1990 - Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting. 1991 - Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems. 1993 - For the first time, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed in all 50 states. 1994 - The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute. 1997 - In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other. 1997 - Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. 1998 - Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report. 2000 - The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth. 2002 - Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over. 2003 - A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia. 2007 - The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.