Today in History -18 January

Important Events

532 Nika uprising against Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople fails, 30,000 killed by troops loyal to the Emperor in the Hippodrome
1591 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day
1788 First elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
1817 José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile
1871 Second German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck
1943 Soviets announce they have broken the long Siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany by opening a narrow land corridor, though the siege would not be fully lifted until a year later

Jan 18 in Film & TV

1974 “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

Jan 18 in Music

1980 Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall” hits #1

Jan 18 in Sport

1983 IOC restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semi-pro baseball