Today in History - January 18th

  • 1778 - On this day in history, English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands.
  • 1957 - The first, non-stop, around-the-world flight came to an end at Riverside, CA.
  • 1964 - Today in history, the plans for the World Trade Center in New York were made public. 
  • 1975 - "The Jeffersons" by legendary writer and producer Norman Lear, also responsible for "All in the Family," debuted on CBS. 
  • 1987 - On this day in history, for the first time ever, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers.
  • 1990 - In an FBI sting, Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession.
  • 1991 - Today in history, Eastern Airlines shut down due to financial problems. 
  • 1993 - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time. 
  • 1995 - On this day in history, a network of caves was discovered in southern France containing paintings and engravings that were nearly 20,000 years old. 
  • 2012 - Wikipedia began a 24-hour "blackout" in protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act.

SPORTS - Today in History, January 18th

  • 1886 - Today in history, The Hockey Association was formed in England.
  • 1958 - Willie O'Ree made his NHL debut as the first black player to enter the league. 
  • 1985 - On this day in history, Mary Decker broke a world, indoor record when she ran the women's 2,000-meter race in a little over five minutes.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 18th

  • 1896 - The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time. 
  • 1911 - Today in history an aircraft landed on a ship for the first time.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 18th

  • 1939 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers." 
  • 1944 - On this day in history, the first jazz concert was held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
  • 1965 - Barbra Streisand and Bobbby Darin sang for Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration. 
  • 1973 - Today in history, Pink Floyd began recording "Dark Side of the Moon." 
  • 1973 - The Rolling Stones' benefit concert raised $200,000 for Nicaraguan earthquake relief. 
  • 1996 - On this day in history, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson. 


  • Daniel Webster 1782 
  • Oliver Hardy (Laurel & Hardy) 1892 
  • Cary Grant 1904 
  • Danny Kaye 1913
  • Kevin Costner 1955