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1535Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru

1671Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama

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

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

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

18712nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I & Bismarck

1929Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1995Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia

1998Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

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

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 18, 336
St Mark elected Catholic Pope 
Jan 18, 474
Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor. 
Jan 18, 532
Nika uprising at Constantinople fails, 30-40,000 die 
Jan 18, 1126
Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong. 
Jan 18, 1307
German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf king of Bohemia 
Jan 18, 1478
Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod 
Jan 18, 1520
Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde 
Jan 18, 1535
Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru 
Jan 18, 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. 
Jan 18, 1644
Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting 
Jan 18, 1650
French Prince Louis II of Condé captured 
Jan 18, 1671
Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama 
Jan 18, 1691
English king Willem III travels to The Hague 
Jan 18, 1701
Frederick I and Sophie Charlotte van Hanover crowned king/queen of Prussia 
Jan 18, 1733
1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston) 
Jan 18, 1776
James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham 
Jan 18, 1777
San Jose California, founded 
Jan 18, 1778
Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) 
Jan 18, 1779
John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress 
Jan 18, 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 
Jan 18, 1795
French admitted to Amsterdam without resistance 
Jan 18, 1795
governor/viceroy Willem V flees Scheveningen to England 
Jan 18, 1817
José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile 
Jan 18, 1840
Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears 
Jan 18, 1850
British blockade Piraeus, Greece to enforce mercantile claims 
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