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Other Notable Events for January 18

On this date in history:

In 1778, James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands. He called them the Sandwich Islands.

In 1871, William of Prussia was declared the first German emperor.

In 1943,...

Notable Birthdays for January 18

Those born on this date include:

- French philosopher Montesquieu in 1689
- English physician Peter Roget, who compiled Roget's Thesaurus, in 1779
- American orator and statesman Daniel Webster in 1782
- English author ...

Astronomy

Today is Sunday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2015 with 347 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.