January 18th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
January 18th History Highlights
January 18th is...
Gourmet Coffee Day
National Peking Duck Day
Winnie The Pooh Day
January 18th Quotes
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the
decay of its principles.
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
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.
There is absolutely nothing that can be taken for granted in
I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became
that person. Or he became me.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
If you must make a noise, make it quietly.
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint
on it you can.
January 18th Birthdays
1689 - Charles de Secondat, French Philosopher (died in 17555)
1782 - Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician (died in 1852)
1854 - Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (died in 1934)
1882 - A.A. Milne, English author, poet, and playwright (died in 1956)
1892 - Oliver Hardy, American actor and comedian, partner of Stan Laurel (died in 1957)
1904 - Cary Grant, English-American actor (died in 1986)
1911 - Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and dancer (died in 1987)
1932 - Robert Anton Wilson, American witer (died in 2007)
1933 - Ray Dolby, American engineer and businessman, founded Dolby Laboratories (died in 2013
1941 - Bobby Goldsboro, American singer-songwriter
1941 - David Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (died in 1991)
1955 - Kevin Costner, American actor, director, and producer
1969 - Dave Bautista, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor
1969 - Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer
1980 - Jason Segal, American actor
January 18th History
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
1975 - The Jeffersons premiered on CBS.
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
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president
and 50 for Miss America?
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