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January 18th History

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January 18th In Pop Culture History

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1644 - "In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton, and so up and down about two or three hours. They were come down in their lighter about a mile, and, when it was over, they found themselves carried quite back against the tide to the place they came from. Divers[e] other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place."

- John Winthrop (1588-1649) John was the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. *some reports say it was 1638

1778 - James Cook 'discovered' Hawaii, naming it 'The Sandwich Islands'

1896 - The X-Ray Machine was shown to the public. Not really. The Cabaret du Neant charged people to see an 'illusion' of the effect.

1911 - The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Lt. Eugene B. Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania.

1944 - Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, in NYC.

1960 - #1 Hit January 18, 1960 - February 7, 1960: Johnny Preston - Running Bear

1971 - Ivan Koloff beat Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champion.

1975 - #1 Hit January 18, 1975 - January 24, 1975: Barry Manilow - Mandy

January 18, 1975 Birthday (fictional) Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation, TV

1980 - Gold reached $1,000 an ounce for the first time.

1985 - Blood Simple was released in theaters.

1986 - #1 Hit January 18, 1986 - February 14, 1986: Dionne Warwick - That's What Friends Are For

1990 - Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting. He claimed that the "bitch set me up" when he was caught with crack cocaine.

1991 - White Fang & Flight of the Intruder were released in theaters.

1993 - Martin Luther King Day became official in all 50 United States.

2002 - Snow Dogs debuted in theaters.

2004 - The L Word premiered on Showtime.

2008 - Cloverfield, 27 Dresses, Blonde and Blonder and Teeth debuted in theaters.

2014 - #1 Hit January 18, 2014 - February 7, 2014: Pitbull featuring Kesha - Timber

January 18th
Celebrity Birthdays

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Daniel Webster (1782)
Alan Alexander Milne (1882)
Oliver Hardy (1892, d.1957)
Cary Grant (1904, d.1986)
Chick Chandler (1905)
Arthur John Howard (1910)
Danny Kaye (1913, d.1987)
Constance Moore (1922)
Bob "Bozo The Clown" Bell (1922, d.1997)
John Boorman (1933)
Ray Dolby (1933)
Bobby Goldsboro (1941)
David Ruffin (1941. d.1991)
Iva Zanichhi (1941)
Dave Greene (1943)
Larry "Legs" Smith (1944)
Katia Ricclarelli (1946)
Takeshi Kitano (1947)
John Hughes (1950)
R. Stevie Moore (1952)
Brett Hudson (1953)
Ted DiBiase (1954)
Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren (1955)
Kevin Costner (1955)
Mark Collie (1956)
Tom Bailey (1957)
Bob Rosenberg (1959)
Jeff Yagher (1961)
Alison Arngrim (1962)
Jane Horrocks (1963)
Enrico Lo Verso (1964)
Dave Atell (1965)
MC Tab (1967)
Jesse L Martin (1969)
Dave Bautista (1969)
DJ Quik (1970)
Jonathan Davis (1971)
Crispian Mills (1973)
Devon Odessa (1974)
Christian Burns (1974)
Maulik Pancholy (1974)
Curtis Cregan (1977)
Richard Archer (1977)
Jason Segel (1980)
Estelle Swaray (1980)
Joanna Newsom (1982)
Samantha Mumba (1983)
Kristy Lee Cook (1984)
Ronald Guglielmone Jr (1988)
Morgan York (1993)
Karan Brar (1999)
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