Today is the 18th day of 2015 and the 29th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, English settlers landed in Australia to establish a penal colony.
In 1943, the first armed uprising began at the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland.
In 1944, Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, ending a three-year Nazi siege.
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; Dave Attell (1965- ), actor/comedian; Dave Bautista (1969- ), wrestler/actor; Jason Segel (1980- ), actor.
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 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: "It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of maturer age are already sunk into corruption." -- Baron de Montesquieu, "De l'Esprit des Lois" ("The Spirit of the Laws")
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: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 13) and new moon (Jan. 20).