18 January

18 January

January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 347 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 18th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

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

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Thesaurus Day
  • National Winnie the Pooh Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – January 18

2002: The Sierra Leone Civil War ends

The conflict had lasted 11 years and left over 50,000 dead.

1997: Børge Ousland becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided

The Norwegian polar explorer walked 3000 km (1864 miles) across the Earth’s southernmost continent.

1943: Insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto take up arms against the German oppressors

This lead to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II.

1919: The Paris Peace Conference opens

The aim of the conference was to set the peace terms after World War I, resulting in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

1911: On January 18, 1911, Eugene Burton Ely became the first person to take off from and land on a naval vessel. In this photo, Ely pilots his Curtiss Model D biplane after takeoff from a platform constructed on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Francisco Bay

On January 18, 1911, Eugene Burton Ely became the first person to take off from and land on a naval vessel. In this photo, Ely pilots his Curtiss Model D biplane after takeoff from a platform constructed on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Francisco Bay

1886: Modern hockey is born

The foundation of The Hockey Association in England formalized a modern version of the game that had already been played in ancient times.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, January 18

1955: Kevin Costner, American actor, singer, director, producer

1913: Danny Kaye, American actor

1892: Oliver Hardy, American comedian, actor

1882: A. A. Milne, English author

1689: Montesquieu, French philosopher

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, January 18

2011: Sargent Shriver, American politician, 21st United States Ambassador to France

1956: Konstantin Päts, Estonian politician, 1st President of Estonia

1952: Curly Howard, American actor, comedian

1936: Rudyard Kipling, English author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

1862: John Tyler, American lawyer, politician, 10th President of the United States


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