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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, January  18, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 18, 1919, the World War I peace conference opened in Versailles, France.
 
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On this date in:
1778English navigator Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands.
1782Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, N.H.
1788The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
1862John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71.
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1871William I of Prussia was proclaimed German emperor in Versailles, France.
1892Oliver Hardy of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy was born Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Ga.
1904Actor Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England.
1911The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
1943The Soviets announced that they had broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad.
1990Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
1991Financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after more than six decades in business.
1993The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
2005The world's largest commercial jet, an Airbus A380 that can carry 800 passengers, was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
2011The first director of the Peace Corps, R. Sargent Shriver, died at age 95.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Jason Segel ("How I Met Your Mother") turns 37 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Bobby GoldsboroSinger, songwriter76
Mark MessierHockey Hall of Famer56
Dave AttellComedian52
Jesse L. MartinActor ("Law & Order")48
Actor Kevin Costner turns 62 years old today.
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