Today is the 18th day of 2013 and the 29th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, English settlers landed in Australia to establish a penal colony.
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.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), political philosopher; Daniel Webster (1782-1852), statesman/orator; A.A. Milne (1882-1956), children's author; Cary Grant (1904-1986), actor; Danny Kaye (1913-1987), entertainer; Kevin Costner (1955- ), actor; Mark Messier (1961- ), hockey player; Jason Segel (1980- ), actor.
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 FACT: The United Nations designated 11 convict sites in Australia -- used as prisons by the British empire in the 18th and 19th centuries -- as World Heritage Sites in 2010.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." -- A.A. Milne
TODAY'S NUMBER: 139,797 -- square miles of Pacific Ocean encompassed by the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, designated by President Bush in June 2006.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Jan. 18).