This Day in History

Today is Friday, January 18th, the 18th day of the year.  There are 347 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1929, commentator Walter Winchell made his radio debut.

In 1952, actor, comedian Curly Howard died at the age of 48.  Born Jerome Lester Horowitz, he is best remembered as part of the legendary comedy team The Three Stooges.

In 1957, the first, nonstop, around-the-world jet flight ended in Riverside, California.

In 1967, Harlem Globetrotters star "Goose" Tatum died at the age of 45.

In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, the man who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of his crimes.  DeSalvo was later sentenced to life in prison.  He was killed by a fellow inmate in 1973.

In 1990, Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking crack cocaine.

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

In 1996, legendary pool player Minnesota Fats died.

In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson after 20-months of marriage.

In 1997, former senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas died at the age of 55.

In 2000, "Spin City" star Michael J. Fox announced plans to leave his ABC sitcom as he fights Parkinson's disease. 

In 2011, show business veteran Regis Philbin announced his plans to leave his longrunning daytime talk show "Live! With Regis and Kelly."  The Daytime Emmy winner said his years on the show had been a "thrill" and that the timing just felt right. 

In 2011, former U.S. ambassador and Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver died at the age of 95.  Shriver began the Peace Corps in the 1960s while serving in the administration of his brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy.

In 2016, Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey died at the age of 67.

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