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This Day In History: Jan. 18

Today is the 18th day of 2008 and the 28th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1778, Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, calling them the Sandwich Islands. In 1964, planners unveiled the designs for New York's World Trade Center. In 1993, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time. In 2002, the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone was declared over by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), political philosopher; Daniel Webster (1782-1852), statesman/orator; A. A. Milne (1882-1965), children's author; Cary Grant (1904-1986), actor; Danny Kaye (1913-1987), entertainer; Kevin Costner (1955- ), actor, is 53; Mark Messier (1961- ), NHL player, is 47.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1976, wide receiver Lynn Swann gained 161 yards on four receptions and was named MVP as Pittsburgh defeated Dallas, 21-17, in Super Bowl X.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." - A.A. Milne

TODAY'S FACT: Cary Grant's real name was Archibald Leach.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 137 - number of islands included in Hawaii's official territory, a chain extending more than 1,000 miles.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (January 15) and full moon (January 22).

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