spotlight Today in history: Jan. 18 Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1919: Paris Peace Conference In 1919, the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending the First World War, opened in Versailles (vehr-SY'), France. AP 1936: Rudyard Kipling In 1936, Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling, 70, died in London. STR 1943: Pre-sliced bread In 1943, a U.S. ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread — aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts — went into effect. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1943: Siege of Leningrad In 1943, the Soviets announced they'd broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted). ASSOCIATED PRESS 1943: Warsaw Ghetto In 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1949: Charles Ponzi In 1949, Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, died destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66. STR 1957: Around-the-world flight In 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1967: "Boston Strangler" In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.) AP 1990: Marion Barry In 1990, Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in an FBI sting on drug-possession charges (he was later convicted of a misdemeanor). BARRY THUMMA 1991: Eastern Air Lines In 1991, financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after more than six decades in business. Kathy Willens 1993: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday On Jan. 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time. Rick Bowmer 1996: Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley 1996, Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from Michael Jackson ASSOCIATED PRESS 2005: Airbus A380 In 2005, the world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380 "superjumbo" capable of flying up to 800 passengers, was unveiled in Toulouse, France. CHRISTOPHE ENA 2010: Mehmet Ali Agca Ten years ago: Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh), the man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, emerged from a prison on the outskirts of Ankara, Turkey, after more than 29 years behind bars. OSMAN ORSAL 2010: Robert B. Parker Ten years ago: Crime novelist Robert B. Parker died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at age 77. R.W. Green 2010: Taliban militants Ten years ago: Taliban militants wearing explosive vests launched a brazen daylight assault on the center of Kabul with suicide bombings and gunbattles that paralyzed the Afghan capital for hours. Musadeq Sadeq 2015: AFC Championship Five years ago: In the AFC, Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Elise Amendola 2015: NFC Championship Five years ago: Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Jeff Chiu 2015: Pope Francis Five years ago: Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for the future of the Catholic Church, urging an estimated 3 million rain-soaked Filipinos to protect their young from sin and vice so they can instead become missionaries of the faith. POOL 2019: Chicago Police Laquan McDonald One year ago: Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who gunned down black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. Antonio Perez 2019: Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un summit One year ago: The White House announced that President Donald Trump would hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February to try to coax the North to give up its nuclear program. (The talks collapsed, with both sides pointing to U.S. sanctions as a sticking point.) Evan Vucci 2019: Mexico Pipeline Explosion One year ago: An explosion occurred as a crowd of people in a town north of Mexico City filled containers with gasoline leaking from an illegally-tapped pipeline; at least 130 people were killed. HOGP 2019: Nancy Pelosi One year ago: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled plans to travel by commercial plane to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip. J. 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