January 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 18



January 18th is also known as Thesaurus Day and Winnie the Pooh Day.

Welcome to the eighteenth day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the beginning of the year, but we still have another 348 days remaining in 2024.

We have put together a range of amazing facts and historical events that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1733, the first polar bear in America was exhibited in Boston? When asked what polar bears eat, the handler replied “drunk Irishmen”.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about January 18th in history!


What memorable events happened on January 18 in history? Keep reading to find out!


NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter took off for its 72nd and final flight on Mars.

OTD in 2024: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter took off for its 72nd and final flight on Mars.

In January 2021, Ingenuity became the first aircraft to fly on another planet. Ingenuity far exceeded its expected life, as it was only ever supposed to be able to handle five flights and last about a month.


Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.


France revealed the world’s largest commercial aircraft, nicknamed the superjumbo.

OTD in 2005: France revealed the world's largest commercial aircraft

Officially called the Airbus A380, it’s a double-decker 262 ft carrier and has a capacity of 555 passengers. Its first flight was on April 27, 2005.


Charity song “That’s What Friends Are For” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song by Dionne & Friends featured Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder and was released to support and create awareness for AIDS. As a result, $3 million was raised for the cause.


NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle completed mission STS-61-C when it landed at the Edwards Air Force Base.

This completed the Columbia shuttle’s seventh mission and the 24th space shuttle mission overall. Aside from carrying a wide variety of experiments, the shuttle also brought a new satellite into orbit. It’s also claimed that a classified US Air Force infrared experiment was conducted during the flight. STS-61-C was the last shuttle flight before the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster.


The final episode of Monty Python’s “Flying Circus” season 3 was aired on BBC.


The plans to construct the World Trade Center in New York City were announced to the public.


British band, The Beatles made it onto the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

OTD in 1964: British band

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” peaked at number 45 in the charts.


The lie detector, invented in 1921 by John Augustus Larson, was first used in the Netherlands.

OTD in 1951: The lie detector


The Paris Peace Conference began in France.

During the conference, five major peace treaties were created: the Treaty of Versailles, the Treaty of Saint-Germain, the Treaty of Neuilly, the Treaty of Trianon, and the Treaty of Sevres.


Massachusetts’s Marconi Wireless Station Site successfully sent the first radio transmission between the US and Europe.


Wesley College was established in Melbourne, Australia

Wesley was the first registered school in Australia.


Captain James Cook became the first European to travel to the Hawaiian islands.

Although he traveled past Oahu, Captain Cook landed at Waimea, which is located on the island of Kauai. Cook named the group of islands the “Sandwich” islands.


The first polar bear in America was exhibited in Boston.

OTD in 1733: The first polar bear in America was exhibited in Boston.

When asked what polar bears ate, the handler said, “drunk Irishmen.”

474 AD

Leo II was crowned Emperor of Rome at just seven years of age.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Kevin Costner was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.


Karan Brar



Karan Brar


25 years old

Born In:

Washington, USA


Ashleigh Murray



Ashleigh Murray


36 years old

Born In:

Kansas, USA


Jason Segel



Jason Segel


44 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Kevin Costner



Kevin Costner


69 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, January 18th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



John Tyler



John Tyler



John Tyler

John Tyler was an American president born on March 29, 1790. He died on this day in 1862, at age 71 in Ballard House, Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Died On:

Jan 18, 1862 (Age 71)

Died In:

Virginia, USA

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

January 18: National Winnie the Pooh Day
United States

National Winnie the Pooh Day

What better day to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day than on the author’s birthday? And what better way could there be to celebrate this lovely day than by eating some honey and flicking through your favorite Winnie the Pooh books!

January 18: National Thesaurus Day
United States

National Thesaurus Day

For most words in English, there’s at least one more word you could use in its place. National Thesaurus Day is a special day to learn new ways of saying things, so why not grab your dusty old thesaurus and try writing a creative short story or poem?

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Bi-weekly has two different definitions: Twice a week, or once every two weeks.

Birthday & Zodiac

Those of you who were born on January 18th share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Capricorn is represented by the sea goat and is the tenth sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between December 22 and January 19 falls into this astrological sign.

If your birthday is in January, your birthstone is the Garnet. The garnet is commonly a red gem that provides the wearer with love, friendships, loyalty, and luck.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around April 27 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on January 18th, 2024, will likely be born around October 11th, 2024.

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