January 18 in History
1911January 18, 1911:
American pilot Eugene Ely becomes the first person to land an aircraft on the flight deck of a ship (the battleship called Pennsylvania).
1912January 18, 1912:
Robert Scott, a British explorer and his expedition arrive at the South Pole and find out that Roald Amundsen reached there a month before them.
1919January 18, 1919:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the pianist and composer becomes the Prime Minister of Poland.
1943January 18, 1943:
Selling pre-sliced bread is banned by the United States to save labor and equipment costs during World War II.
1958January 18, 1958:
Willie O’Ree becomes the first black person to play in the National Hockey League when he debuts for the Boston Bruins in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.
1975January 18, 1975:
Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow earns his first number 1 song when his single, “Mandy” tops the Billboard 100 chart.
1983January 18, 1983:
70 years after athlete Jim Thorpe’s two gold medals from the 1912 Olympics were taken from him over allegations of not being an amateur athlete, the International Olympics Committee reinstates them.
1985January 18, 1985:
Filmmakers, the Coen brothers release their first film, “Blood Simple”.
1986January 18, 1986:
US President Ronald Reagan makes a proclamation designating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday.
2002January 18, 2002:
The Sierra Leonean civil war officially comes to an end.