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Notable Historical Events for January 18th

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

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

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

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

1671Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama

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

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

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.

1535Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru

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Notable Birthdays on January 18th

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

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

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

1782Daniel Webster, Salisbury NH, orator/politician/lawyer, (d. 1852)

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Notable Deaths on January 18th

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

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

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