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1/18/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - January 18

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Today in History in 1671 Pirate Henry Morgan defeated Spanish defenders and captured Panama; in 1862 the Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed; and in 2008 the United Nations announced George Clooney as a U.N. messenger of peace.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1535 - Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru
  • 1671 - Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama
  • 1778 - Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
  • 1779 - John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress
  • 1862 - Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • 1865 - Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC
  • 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.
  • 1964 - Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)
  • 1973 - John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus," on BBC
  • 1983 - IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball
  • 1993 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time
  • 2008 - The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1779 - Peter Roget, thesaurus fame/inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard)
  • 1782 - Daniel Webster, Salisbury NH, orator/politician/lawyer, (d. 1852)
  • 1858 - Daniel Williams, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, surgeon (1st open heart operation), (d. 1931)
  • 1882 - Alan Alexander Milne, Hampstead Middlesex, English author (Winnie-the-Pooh)
  • 1892 - Oliver Hardy, Harlem Ga, comedy team member (Laurel & Hardy)
  • 1941 - Bobby Goldsboro, Marianna Fla, singer (Honey)
  • 1955 - Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 - Julius Peppers, American football player
  • 1980 - Jason Segel, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • 1486 - King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
  • 1893 - British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London
  • 1949 - South African Rev. Andries P. Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
  • 1989 - Candace Thomas marries Steve Garvey
  • 1992 - Actress Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) marries Dr Peter Hui

Famous Divorces

  • 1996 - Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

Famous Deaths

  • 1862 - John Tyler, 10th US pres (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71
  • 1936 - Rudyard Kipling, author (Gunga Din, Nobel 1907), dies at 70
  • 1952 - Curly Howard (Jerome Lester Horwitz), American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges) (b. 1903)
  • 1978 - Carl Betz, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 56
  • 1996 - Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • 2011 - Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)

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