This day in history

Friday, Jan. 18, is the 18th day of 2013. There are 347 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Director John Boorman is 80. Former Senator Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) is 75. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 72. Actor Kevin Costner is 58. Comedian Dave Attell is 48. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 44. NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 40. Actor Jason Segel is 33.

In 1778, English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands.


In 1862, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond at age 71.

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In 1943, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. The Soviets announced they’d broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted).

In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the ‘‘Boston Strangler,’’ was convicted in Cambridge of armed robbery, assault, and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.)

In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.