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JANUARY 18

1888 Thomas Sopwith (English Engineer, Industrialist Who Developed and Manufactured the Sopwith Camel World War I Aircraft) English Scientists & Inventors Aviation History Peanuts World War I
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1778 Captain James Cook Discovers the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) James Cook Hawaii Naval History The History Channel
1796 The First United States Ten-cent Coins Are Produced Coins Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1803 President Jefferson Makes Funding Request for Lewis & Clark Expedition U.S. Congress President Thomas Jefferson Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery The History Channel
1896 Chicago Defeats Iowa 15-12 in First Intercollegiate Basketball Game University of Chicago University of Iowa Basketball Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1903 Guglielmo Marconi Transmits the First Trans-Atlantic Radio Message from Cape Cod to England Guglielmo Marconi Great Britain Massachusetts President Theodore Roosevelt Radio Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1905 Wright Brothers Negotiate with U.S. Government for Purchase of One Aircraft The Wright Brothers U.S. Government Business NASA
1911 Pilot Eugene B. Ely Lands the First Aircraft on the Deck of a Ship Aviation History Naval History Historic Firsts The New York Times
1912 Scott Expedition Reaches South Pole Only to Discover That Amundsen Arrived First Antarctica Robert Falcon Scott Roald Amundsen The New York Times The History Channel
1949 William Dawson (IL) Elected Chairman of House Expenditures Committee Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts African American Registry
1957 Three of Five B-52 Bombers Complete First Nonstop Flight Around the World (45h 20m) Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA
1958 Willie O'Ree Is First Black Man to Play in the National Hockey League Canadian Sports Figures NHL African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African American Registry The New York Times
1966 Robert C. Weaver First African-American Member of Presidential Cabinet Washington, D.C. Political & Social Leaders President Lyndon Johnson African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts HUD
1974 NASA Launches Skynet IIA Defense Communications Satellite Space Exploration Technology NASA
1993 The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observed in All 50 States for First Time Martin Luther King, Jr. African-Amrican Heritage Historic Firsts The New York Times

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