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JANUARY 18

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1782 Daniel Webster (New Hampshire-born Orator, Constitutional Lawyer, U.S. Senator) Daniel Webster Law & Legal Resources U.S. Congress U.S. Government
1850 Seth Low (New York City-born President of Columbia University: 1890-1901) New York City Political and Social Leaders Education Columbia University
1912 Daniel Thomas McCarty (31st Governor of Florida) Florida Politics Florida Historical Society
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1677 Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeek (Dutch Explorer) Dutch Explorers South African History
1862 John Tyler (Virginia-born 10th President of the United States) John Tyler American Presidents
1902 Gideon Scheepers (South African Boer leader Executed by the British) South African Political and Social Leaders Great Britain Capital Punishment South African History
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1486 The Marriage of Henry VII of Lancaster and Elizabeth of York Unites the Two Warring Houses British History Henry VII Penn State University
1776 British Warships Arrive at Savannah, Georgia Georgia Colonial History American Revolution Naval History University of Georgia
Patriots Take Georgia Colony's Royal Governor into Custody Georgia Colonial History American Revolution The History Channel
1830 Henry Baldwin (CT) Is Sworn in As Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Connecticut Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1841 British Take Control of Hong Kong Great Britain Hong Kong British National Army Museum
1849 Stephen A. Douglas, Senator from Illinois, Introduces a Bill to Organize the Minnesota Territory Minnesota Stephen A. Douglas U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
1856 Seminole Indians Attack a Detachment of Six U.S. Soldiers Near Florida's Fort Deynaud Florida Seminole Indians Florida Historical Society
1861 Georgia's Secession Convention Establishes Requirements for Remaining in the Union Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
Despite Confederate Demands, Union Soldiers Refuse to Surrender Florida's Fort Pickens Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1865 Lincoln Considers Possible Peace Talks with Confederate President Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1888 Lucius Lamar (GA) Is Sworn in As Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1902 South African Boer Leader, Gideon Scheepers, Is Executed by British Authorities South African Political and Social Leaders Great Britain Capital Punishment South African History
1915 Japan Seeks to Strengthen Its Position in China by Imposing Its Twenty-One Demands Japan China Economics World History Humanities Web
1919 The World War I Peace Congress Opens in Versailles, France France Treat of Versailles World War I The History Channel
1943 Jewish Armed Resistance Attacks as Nazi's Resume Deportation of Warsaw Jews to Concentration Camp Poland Nazi Germany Judaism Treblinka World War II The History Channel
The Nazi Siege of Leningrad Is Broken Nazi Germany Soviet Union World War II The New York Times
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
1950 Soviet Union & China Recognize the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Vietnam China Soviet Union Cold War The History Channel
1961 Congo Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, and Members of His Government Are Murdered African History Belgium Death The BBC
1962 President and Mrs. Kennedy Host a White House Dinner Party in Honor of Composer Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky The White House President John Kennedy Composers American Public Media
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
1985 U.S. Walks Out of Nicaraguan Contras Case Before the World Court Nicaragua Iran-Contra Scandal The World Court The History Channel
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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