On this day Marion Barry was arrested

Former Mayor Marion Barry alongside Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray at the VIP breakfast for the Marriott Marquis hotel groundbreaking, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 18 January?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day Marion Barry was arrested

Former Mayor Marion Barry alongside Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray at the VIP breakfast for the Marriott Marquis hotel groundbreaking, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 18 JANUARY

2018 | In Kazakhstan, a bus caught fire on the Samara-Shymkent road in Yrgyz District.

2008  | On this day, the Euphronios Krater was launched in Rome after being repatriated to Italy by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2005 | The world’s largest commercial aircraft, Airbus A380, was launched at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.

2003 | Four people were killed by bushfire and destroyed more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

1990 | Mayor of Washington, D.C.  Marion Barry was arrested for possession of drugs by the FBI.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2016 | French journalist and author, Michel Tournier, 92.

2013 | American computer scientist and academic, Jim Horning, 71.

2012 | German captain, Georg Lassen, 97.

2013 | Irish footballer and manager, Sean Fallon, 91.

2014 | Chilean poet and painter, Eugenio Cruz Vargas, 91.

BIRTHDAYS

1985 | Canadian-Australian skier, Dale Begg-Smith.

1976 | Belgian tennis player, Laurence Courtois.

1688 | First Duke of Dorset, British politician and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland died in 1765, Lionel Sackville at age of 77.

1917 | American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient, Nicholas Oresko, died in 2013 at age of 96.

1973 | British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and director, Crispian Mills. 

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SPORTS

1973 | Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty on this day signed Celtic’s Lou Macari for £200 000, the highest-paid player in the Scottish League at the time.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | On this day “Stolen by My Mother” directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd was released.

AFRICA FACT

African weddings are a highly respected tradition because of their deep appreciation for the notion of family.