Today in History, January 18th

By | January 18, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 18th!

1486 Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York.
1701 Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, becomes king of Prussia.
1778 Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the ‘Sandwich Islands’ after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook

1782 Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, N.H.
1788 The first English settlers arrived in Australia’s Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
1836 Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders.
1862 John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71.
1871 William I of Prussia was proclaimed German emperor in Versailles, France.
1892 Oliver Hardy of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy was born Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Ga.
1902 The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site.
1904 Actor Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England.
1910 Aviator Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.


Eugene Ely

1911 The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
1916 The Russians force the Turkish 3rd Army back to Erzurum.
1942 General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States took the lead in theFar East war criminal trials.
1943 The Soviets announced that they had broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad.
1945 The German Army launches its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest from the advancing Red Army.
1948 Ghandi breaks a 121-hour fast after halting Muslem-Hindu riots.
1962 The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.
1964 Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York.
1978 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire’s disease.
1990 Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.


Mayor Marion Barry

1991 Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities.
1991 Financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after more than six decades in business.
1993 The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
2005 The world’s largest commercial jet, an Airbus A380 that can carry 800 passengers, was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
2011 The first director of the Peace Corps, R. Sargent Shriver, died at age 95.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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