Historical Events on January 18

  • 336 St Mark elected Catholic Pope
  • 350 Roman Emperor Constans is deposed by General Magnentius who proclaims himself the new Emperor
  • 474 Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.
  • 532 Nika uprising at Constantinople fails, 30-40,000 die
  • 1126 Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
  • 1307 German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf king of Bohemia
  • 1478 Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod
  • 1520 Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde

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1535 Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Spanish Conquistador
Francisco Pizarro
  • 1562 The Council of Trent is reopened by Pope Pius IV for its third (and final) session
  • 1591 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
  • 1644 Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
  • 1650 French Prince Louis II of Condé captured

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1670 British privateer Sir Henry Morgan captures Panama

Pirate Henry Morgan
Henry Morgan
  • 1671 Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama
  • 1691 English king William III travels to The Hague
  • 1701 Frederick I and Sophie Charlotte van Hanover crowned king/queen of Prussia
  • 1733 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston)
  • 1776 James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham
  • 1777 San Jose, California, founded

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1778 Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook

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1779 John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • 1795 French admitted to Amsterdam without resistance
  • 1795 Governor/viceroy Willem V flees Scheveningen to England

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1817 José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1840 Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears
  • 1850 British blockade Piraeus, Greece, to enforce mercantile claims
  • 1854 Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • 1862 Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • 1865 Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC
  • 1866 Wesley College is established in Melbourne
  • 1869 Elegant California Theater opens in SF

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1871 2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I & Bismarck

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
  • 1884 Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
  • 1886 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • 1895 Amsterdam's AFC soccer team forms
  • 1896 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)
  • 1896 British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa
  • 1900 Jan Blockx's "Tÿl Uilenspiegel" premieres in Brussels
  • 1901 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Graves De Communi Re
  • 1902 Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama
  • 1903 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1905 French government of Combes falls
  • 1908 Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres
  • 1911 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • 1913 Turkish-Greek sea battle near Troy
  • 1915 Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die
  • 1915 Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
  • 1916 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1919 Bentley Motors Limited is founded
  • 1919 The Paris peace conference (aka the Versailles peace conference) opened to draw up the treaties formally ending the Great War (WW1)
  • 1921 William Archer's "Green Goddess" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 Irish author Liam O'Flaherty & others occupy Rotunda in Dublin
  • 1923 1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies
  • 1929 "NY Daily Mirror" columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio

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1929 Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1930 -27°F (-33°C), Watts, Oklahoma (state record)
  • 1930 Shostakovitch' opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1933 White Sands National Monument, NM established
  • 1934 Eugene O'Neill's "Days Without End" premieres in NYC

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1938 Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1939 SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW
  • 1941 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • 1942 Nazis arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman
  • 1943 Soviets announce they broke long Nazi siege of Leningrad
  • 1943 US rations bread & metal - banning presliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts
  • 1943 The first Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • 1944 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts

Music concertMusic Concert

1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1945 Soviet troops capture Krakow, Poland
  • 1945 Soviet Armed Forces enter Krakow and push Germans out only to eventually occupy entire country
  • 1947 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances

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1947 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1947 Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400
  • 1948 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 1948 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • 1949 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 1949 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • 1950 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed," premieres in London
  • 1950 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • 1951 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • 1951 Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • 1951 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • 1951 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • 1951 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • 1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 1954 Fanfani forms Italian government
  • 1955 Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
  • 1955 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • 1956 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) forms own army (National People's Army)
  • 1957 3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min
  • 1958 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)
  • 1959 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 1960 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • 1960 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board
  • 1961 Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
  • 1962 Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • 1962 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)

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1963 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1964 Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)
  • 1964 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)
  • 1965 H L de Vries appointed Dutch governor of Suriname
  • 1966 Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)
  • 1967 20th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 3-0 at Montreal
  • 1967 Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler) sentenced to life in prison
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • 1968 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • 1968 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • 1969 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • 1970 Hasse Borjes skates world record 500m in 38.9 sec
  • 1970 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13
  • 1971 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
  • 1971 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 1972 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
  • 1972 The former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter, supporters of black majority rule in the country, are arrested
  • 1973 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • 1973 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

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1973 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1974 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
  • 1974 Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord
  • 1975 "Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
  • 1976 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 1977 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the SCG
  • 1977 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • 1977 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people
  • 1978 Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pakistan at Karachi
  • 1978 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)
  • 1978 Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
  • 1979 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon
  • 1980 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
  • 1980 Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1
  • 1980 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000
  • 1981 Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
  • 1981 Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
  • 1981 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper

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1983 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1984 80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win
  • 1985 US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise
  • 1986 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth
  • 1986 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • 1986 NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46)
  • 1987 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1988 Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board
  • 1989 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • 1989 IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • 1989 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series)
  • 1990 South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • 1990 Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • 1991 Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

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1991 US acknowledges CIA & US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

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1991 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 1991 Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
  • 1992 43rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 10-6 at Philadelphia
  • 1992 49th Golden Globes: Bugsy, Nick Nolte, & Jodie Foster win
  • 1992 Comedian Pat McCormick injured in a car accident

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1993 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states of the USA for 1st time

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1993 West Indies beat Australia 2-0 win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1994 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
  • 1995 Kumble takes 16-99 in match for Karnataka v Kerala

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1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1996 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • 1997 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • 1997 In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • 1997 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 1998 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC
  • 1998 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • 1998 ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
  • 1998 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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1998 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 1998 United Cerebral Palsy Telethon

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1998 55th Golden Globes: Titanic, Peter Fonda, & Judi Dench win

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench
  • 2000 The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
  • 2002 Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over.
  • 2003 A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • 2004 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • 2004 NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3
  • 2005 The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France
  • 2007 Hurricane Kyrill: kills at least 44 in Western Europe: strongest British storm in 17 years kills 14 people, worst German storm since 1999 with 13 deaths and causes container Ship MSC Napoli to be destroyed off coast of Devon

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2008 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

  • 2009 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • 2009 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25
  • 2012 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet

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2014 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

  • 2015 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies
  • 2015 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7
  • 2015 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers 28-22 (OT)
  • 2016 Oxfam publishes report stating world's 62 richest people as wealthy as half the world's population