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Births on this Day
  • 1782-01-18 - Daniel Webster: Salisbury, New Hampshire -- Orator / politician / lawyer
  • 1793-01-18 - William Henry Havergal: Composer
  • 1795-01-18 - Anna Paulowna Romanova: Monarch of Russia / Daughter of Czar Paul I
  • 1809-01-18 - Richard Caswell Gatlin: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896
  • 1813-01-18 - Joseph Farwell Glidden: Inventor (1st coml useable barbed wire)
  • 1815-01-18 - James Chesnut, Jr.: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1885
  • 1815-01-18 - Richard Yates Gov: MC (Union), died in 1873
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1769-01-18 - Hakuin Ekaku: Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan
  • 1862-01-18 - John Tyler: 10th US President (1841-45), dies at 71 in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1875-01-18 - Joseph Philbrick Webster: Composer, dies at 55
  • 1886-01-18 - Michal Czajchovski [Sadik Pasja]: Writer
  • 1890-01-18 - Amadeus I FM: King of Spain (1870-73), dies at 44
  • 1913-01-18 - Edmond R H Regout: Dutch industrialist / politician, dies at 49
  • 1902-01-18 - Filippo Marchetti: Composer, dies at 70
 

Events on this Day
  • 1644-01-18 - 1st UFO sighting in America, by perplexed pilgrims in Boston
  • 1644-01-18 - Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
  • 1691-01-18 - English King Willem III travels to The Hague
  • 1701-01-18 - Frederik I / Sophie Charlotte van Hanover crowned King / Queen of Prussia
  • 1733-01-18 - 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston)
  • 1777-01-18 - San Jose California, founded
  • 1778-01-18 - Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
 

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