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January 18th – Today In History

What events occurred on January 18th?

Today In …

1778 - Captain James Cook finds the Sandwich Islands which would later be known as Hawaii.

1803 - President Thomas Jefferson requests Congress to back an expedition of the west. This would result in the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition.

1919 - The Paris Peace Conference begins following the end of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson and other world leaders attended the conference in Versailles.

1990 - Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington D.C., was arrested on drug charges at the Vista Hotel during a sting operation.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Kevin Costner was born in 1955. The actor/director won an Oscar for his work on “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and has also starred in “Bull Durham” (1988), “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Open Range” (2003).

Ray Dolbybest known as the inventor of the Dolby NR sound system, was born in 1933.

Cary Grant a.k.a. Archibald Leach was born in 1904. This legendary actor starred in such films as “The Philadelphia Story” (1940), “Suspicion” (1941) and “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944).

Oliver Hardy, comedian and half of the infamous Laurel & Hardy duo with Stan Laurel, was born in 1892.

John Hughes is the famed writer of such movies as “Christmas Vacation” and “Home Alone”. He also directed “Sixteen Candles” (1984), “The Breakfast Club” (1985) and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987). Hughes was born in 1950.

Danny Kaye, the famed actor, comedian and humanitarian was born in 1913. Kaye, who starred in “White Christmas” (1954) was passionate about his charity work and became one of the notable Celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF.

Alan Alexander Milne, the author of Winnie The Pooh, was born in 1882.

Thomas Watson, the assistant to telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1854.

Daniel Webster, politician from New Hampshire is often referred to as “The Great Orator” for his enthusiastic speeches. Webster was born in 1782.

We Said Goodbye To…

Curly Howard a.k.a. Jerome Lester Horwitz, one of the Three Stooges with brother Moe Howard and a friend Larry Fine, passed away in 1952 at the age of 48.

Rudyard Kipling, famed author of “The Jungle Book” and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature passed away at the age of 70 in 1936.

John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States passed away in 1862 at the age of 71.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1960 - “Running Bear” by Johnny Preston

1975 - “Mandy” by Barry Manilow

1986 - “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends

1986 - On the Country Charts – “Bop” by Dan Seals

Musical Moments In…

1939 - The song “Jeepers Creepers” is recorded by Louis Armstrong.

1964 - The Beatles made their debut on the U.S. charts with the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

1989 - Music legends Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

TV Moments In…

1974 - “The Six Million Dollar Man” starring Lee Majors debuted on ABC.

1975 - “The Jeffersons” starring Sherman Hensley and Isabel Sanford debuted on CBS.

Special Observances

January 18th is “Get to Know Your Customers Day”
“Winnie The Pooh Day” is today

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