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1973John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus," on BBC

18712nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I & Bismarck

1938Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG

1778Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)

1995Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia

1963Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

2008The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

1983IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

1992NHL All Star Game - Campbell-10, Wales-6 (Brett Hull, MVP) at Philadelphia

1535Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru

1929Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

1671Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama

1944The 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.

201420th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

1817José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile

1998Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

1939SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

1779John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

1991Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

1947Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

January 18th Historical Events
Date Event
336
St Mark elected Catholic Pope 
474
Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor. 
532
Nika uprising at Constantinople fails, 30-40,000 die 
1126
Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong. 
1307
German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf king of Bohemia 
1478
Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod 
1520
Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde 
1535
Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru 
1591
King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day. 
1644
Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting 
1650
French Prince Louis II of Condé captured 
1671
Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama 
1691
English king Willem III travels to The Hague 
1701
Frederick I and Sophie Charlotte van Hanover crowned king/queen of Prussia 
1733
1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston) 
1776
James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham 
1777
San Jose California, founded 
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 
1788
The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony 
1795
French admitted to Amsterdam without resistance 
1795
governor/viceroy Willem V flees Scheveningen to England 
1817
José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile 
1840
Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears 
1850
British blockade Piraeus, Greece to enforce mercantile claims 
1854
Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico 
1862
Confederate Territory of Arizona forms 
1865
Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC 
1869
Elegant California Theater opens in SF 
1871
2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I & Bismarck 
1884
General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum 
1884
Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom. 
1886
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. 
1895
Amsterdam's AFC soccer team forms 
1896
1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC) 
1896
British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa 
1900
Jan Blockx's "Tÿl Uilenspiegel" premieres in Brussels 
1901
Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Graves De Communi Re 
1902
Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama 
1905
French government of Combes falls 
1908
Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair," premieres 
1911
1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania) 
1913
Turkish-Greek sea battle near Troy 
1915
Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die 
1915
Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia. 
1916
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri. 
1919
WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France 
1919
Bentley Motors Limited is founded. 
1921
William Archer's "Green Goddess," premieres in NYC 
1922
Irish author Liam O'Flaherty & others occupy Rotunda in Dublin 
1923
1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies 
1929
"NY Daily Mirror" columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio 
1929
Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo 
1930
-27°F (-33°C), Watts, Oklahoma (state record) 
1930
Shostakovitch' opera "The Nose," premieres in Leningrad 
1933
White Sands National Monument, NM established 
1934
Eugene O'Neill's "Days Without End," premieres in NYC 
1938
Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG 
1938
Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Hall of Fame 
1939
SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW 
1942
Nazis arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman 
1943
Soviets announce they broke long Nazi siege of Leningrad 
1943
US rations bread & metal - banning presliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts 
1944
1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts 
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. 
1945
Warsaw freed by Soviet army 
1947
"Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances 
1947
Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000) 
1947
Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400 
1948
1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
1948
Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS) 
1949
"They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont) 
1949
1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson) 
1950
Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed," premieres in London 
1950
Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion 
1951
1st use of lie detector in Netherlands 
1951
Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR" 
1951
NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass 
1951
NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts 
1953
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1954
Fanfani forms Italian government 
1955
Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army 
1956
German DR forms own army (National People's Army) 
1957
3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min 
1958
1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins) 
1959
Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1960
US & Japan sign joint defense treaty 
1961
Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat 
1962
Southern University closed due to demonstrations 
1962
US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59) 
1963
Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders 
1964
Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35) 
1964
Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC) 
1965
H L de Vries appointed Dutch governor of Suriname 
1966
Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD) 
1967
20th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 3-0 at Montreal 
1967
Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler) sentenced to life in prison 
1967
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1967
Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada 
1968
"Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances 
1968
Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing," premieres in NYC 
1968
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1969
Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris 
1970
Hasse Borjes skates world record 500m in 38.9 sec 
1970
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13 
1971
Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ 
1971
Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark attends a meeting in London with British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling 
1972
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year 
1973
Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH 
1973
Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak 
1973
John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus," on BBC 
1974
"$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV 
1974
Israel & Egypt sign weapons accord 
1975
"Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS 
1976
Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR 
1977
Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the SCG 
1977
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease. 
1978
Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pak Karachi 
1978
Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries) 
1978
Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB 
1979
Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America," Florence Oregon 
1980
Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce 
1980
Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1 
1980
Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000 
1981
Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets 
1981
Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity 
1983
IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball 
1984
80th Islander & 3rd dual hat trick (Carroll & Bossy) 9-1 win 
1985
US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise 
1986
24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth 
1986
AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For," hits #1 
1986
NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46) 
1987
11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1988
Airliner crashes in SW China, killing all 108 on board 
1989
Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC) 
1989
IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988 
1989
Otis Redding, Dion, Rolling Stones, Temptations & Stevie Wonder 
1989
West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win the World Series Cup 
1990
South Africa says its reconsidering ban on African Natl Congress 
1990
Wash DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting 
1991
Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel 
1991
US acknowledges CIA & US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career 
1991
WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights 
1991
Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins 
1991
Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems. 
1992
43rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 10-6 at Phila 
1992
49th Golden Globes 
1992
Comedian Pat McCormick injured in a car accident 
1992
NHL All Star Game - Campbell-10, Wales-6 (Brett Hull, MVP) at Philadelphia 
1993
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time 
1993
West Indies win the World Series Cup, beating Australia 2-0 
1994
The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute. 
1995
Kumble takes 16-99 in match for Karnataka v Kerala 
1995
Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia 
1996
Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997 
1997
47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena 
1997
In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other. 
1997
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. 
1998
"Ragtime," opens at Ford Theater NYC 
1998
48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver 
1998
ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando 
1998
Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00 
1998
Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural 
1998
UCP Telethon 
2000
The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth. 
2002
Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over. 
2003
A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia. 
2007
The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England. 
2008
The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace 
2012
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet 
2014
20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win 
2016
Missing Hong Kong bookseller 'confesses' 2003 crime on Chinese TV 
2016
Airstrikes kill at least 35 throughout Yemen 
2016
Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott Oscars ceremony 
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