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This Day in History for January 18 – Hawaiian Islands Discovered and More

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1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the Sandwich Islands (More info)

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson attends the Paris Peace Conference that would formally end World War I and lay the groundwork for the formation of the League of Nations (More info)

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This Day in History for January 17 – Chevy Corvette Debuts and More

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1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip (More info)

1950 – In what would come to be called the Great Brinks Robbery, thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car in Boston (More info)

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This Day in History for January 12 – ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ Debuts and More

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1926 – ‘Sam ‘n’ Henry’ — later renamed ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ — first airs and goes on to become one of the most popular radio programs in American history (More info)

1932 – Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate (More info)

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This Day in History for January 11 – Grand Canyon Becomes US Monument and More

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1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon a national monument (More info)

1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California (More info)

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This Day in History for January 10 – Texas Oil Boom Begins and More

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1920 – The League of Nations formally comes into being (More info)

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt introduces the lend-lease program to Congress, which was intended to help Britain beat back Hitler’s advance while keeping America only indirectly involved in World War II (More info)

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This Day in History for January 9 – Music for UNICEF Concert and More

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1493 – Columbus spots three manatees, mistakes them for mermaids, and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted” (More info)

1768 – In London, England, Philip Astley stages the wold’s first modern circus (More info)

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This Day in History for January 6 – Nancy Kerrigan Attacked and More

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1838 – Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph system for the first time (More info)

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy (More info)

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This Day in History for January 5 – Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins and More

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1643 – The first legal divorce in the American colonies takes place (More info)

1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States (More info)

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This Day in History for January 3 – Apple Computer Incorporated and More

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1870 – The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins (More info)

1938 – The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (More info)

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This Day in History for January 4 – Pelosi Becomes First Female Speaker and More

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1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government (More info)

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address (More info)

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This Day in History for December 30 – Marcos Becomes Philippine President and More

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1922 – The USSR is formed, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (More info)

1936 – The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike (More info)

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This Day in History for December 29 – Thomas Becket Assassinated and More

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1170 – Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by knights acting on the orders of King Henry II (More info)

1851 – The first YMCA in the US opens in Boston, Massachusetts (More info)

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