18th January
It was on this day...
1967 Boston Strangler Sentenced

Albert DeSalvo claimed to have murdered 13 women in the Boston area between June 1962 and January 1964. He confessed to the murders after being sent to Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts.

It was on this day...
1788 First Australian Penal Colony Established

736 convicts sent from England to Australia landed in Botany Bay. 50,000 criminals were transported in this way over the next 60 years.

The strategy resulted from the belief by the ruling classes in England at the time, that criminals could not be rehabilitated, and thus must be kept apart from the rest of the population. But those sent to Australia were hardly hardened troublemakers, with one 70 year old who stole cheese to eat, being sent.

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Birthdays

1971 Jonathan Davis
1955 Kevin Costner
1941 Bobby Goldsboro
1913 Danny Kaye
1904 Cary Grant
1892 Oliver Hardy
1882 AA Milne

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1778 James Cook discovers Hawaii
1896 The X-ray machine is exhibited in New York city
1912 Scott reaches the South Pole
1974 Six Million Dollar Man debuts

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