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On January 18th, 1912, English
explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition
reached the South Pole, only to discover that
Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it. (Scott and
his party perished during the return trip.)
On this date:
In 1788, the first English settlers
arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a
In 1862, the tenth
president of the United States, John Tyler, died
in Richmond, Virginia, at age 71.
In 1919, the World
War One Peace Congress opened in Versailles,
In 1936, author
Rudyard Kipling died in Burwash,
In 1943, during
World War Two, the Soviets announced they'd
broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad.
In 1967, Albert
DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston
Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, of armed robbery, assault and sex
offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed
by a fellow inmate in 1973.)
In 1970, Mormon
president David McKay died at the age of 96.
In 1975, the
situation comedy "The Jeffersons," a
spin-off from "All in the Family,"
premiered on CBS TV.
financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down
after 62 years in business.
In 1996, Lisa
Marie Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from
Ten years ago: A
jury in Los Angeles acquitted former preschool
operators Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy
McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges.
Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in
an FBI sting on drug-possession charges (he was
later convicted of a misdemeanor).
Five years ago:
The death toll continued to climb in Kobe, Japan,
where a major earthquake had claimed more than
six-thousand lives. South African President
Nelson Mandela's cabinet denied amnesty sought by
3500 police officers in apartheid's waning days.
One year ago:
Defying global outrage over the massacre of 45
ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo, Serb forces
pounded villages with artillery. The Yugoslav
government also ordered the American head of the
Kosovo peace mission to leave the country and
barred a UN investigator looking into the
"The military don't
start wars. Politicians start wars."
General William C. Westmoreland, American