Monday, January 18, 2016

What Happened This Day In History - January 18

January 18
1486Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York.
1701Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, becomes king of Prussia.
1778Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the ‘Sandwich Islands’ after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.
1836Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders.
1862John Tyler, former president of the U.S., is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
1902The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site.
1910Aviator Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.
1916The Russians force the Turkish 3rd Army back to Erzurum.
1942General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States takes the lead in the Far East war criminal trials.
1945The German Army launches its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest from the advancing Red Army.
1948Ghandi breaks a 121-hour fast after halting Muslem-Hindu riots.
1962The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.
1964Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York.
1978The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire’s disease.
1991Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities.
Born on January 18
1782Daniel Webster, congressman from New Hampshire, Massachusetts senator, and secretary of state before the Civil War.
1813Joseph Glidden, inventor.
1858Daniel Hale Williams, physician who performed the first open heart surgery, founder of Chicago’s Provident Hospital.
1882A.A. [Alan Alexander] Milne, novelist, humorist and journalist (Winnie the Pooh).
1892Oliver Hardy, film comedian, one half of Laurel and Hardy.
1904Cary Grant, U.S. film actor (Gunga DinBringing Up BabyThe Philadelphia StoryNorth by Northwest).


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