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On January the 18th
2007 
The United Kingdom was hit by one of the fiercest storms in almost 20 years. The storm claimed the lives of 14 people.
1991 
American airline carrier, Eastern Air Lines, closed after 62 years of operation.
1984 
Greek musician, Vassilis Tsitsanis, died at the age of 69. He is considered as the most influential composer and performer of rebetiko music.
1977 
A passenger train in Australia was derailed in that countries worst rail disaster. 83 people died in the accident.
1967 
Serial killer, Albert DeSalvo, also known as the 'Boston Strangler' was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was a serial killer active in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1960's.
1955 
American actor, Kevin Costner, was born in California.
1944 
During the course of the Second World War, Soviet troops repelled the German army that had been besieging the city of Leningrad for three years.
1936 
British writer, Rudyard Kipling, died at the age of 71. He was a writer who was one of the most celebrated of the start of the 20th century, and is best known for his children's book, The Jungle Book. In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, becoming both the youngest person and the first English language writer to ever receive the award.
1919 
Bentley Motors was founded by Walter Owen Bentley.
1904 
British actor, Cary Grant, was born in Bristol, England. He was one of the most celebrated and famous actors of 20th century cinema and one who set the standards by which a whole generation of actors was judged with.
1788 
English settlers arrived at Australia's Botany Bay and established a penal colony.
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