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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 347 days until we reach the new year.

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

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 interesting facts about January 18th in history!

What Happened On January 18 In History?

2005

France revealed the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

The A380 airbus, dubbed "Superjumbo" is a double-decker 262 ft carrier and has a capacity of 555 passengers!
Source CBS News
1986

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. $3 million USD was raised for the cause!
1973

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

1964

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

1964

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

OTD in 1964: British band
The single was "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and the track hit #45.
1951

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

OTD in 1951: The lie detector which was invented in 1921 by John Augustus Larson was first used in the Netherlands.
1919

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.
1903

The Marconi Wireless Station Site, Massachusetts successfully sent first radio transmission between US and Europe.

Source NPS
1866

Wesley College was established in Melbourne, Australia

Wesley was the first registered school in Australia.
1778

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

Although he travelled past Oahu, Captain Cook landed at Waimea which is located on the island of Kauai. Cook named the group of islands the "Sandwich" islands.
1733

The first polar bear in America was exhibited in Boston.

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

Did you know that on this day, January 18th 1733, the first polar bear in America was exhibited in Boston?