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Notable Historical Events for January 18th

1993Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time

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

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

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.

1929Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

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

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

1998Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on January 18th

1961Mark Messier, Edmonton Alberta, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers)

1858Daniel Williams, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, surgeon (1st open heart operation), (d. 1931)

1882Alan Alexander Milne, Hampstead Middlesex, English author (Winnie-the-Pooh)

1955Kevin Costner, Los Angeles California, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham)

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Notable Deaths on January 18th

1936Rudyard Kipling, author (Gunga Din, Nobel 1907), dies at 70

1862John Tyler, 10th US pres (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71

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