🗓️ On This Day - January 18th
January 18th - whether it’s important to you or not, it’s a date that’s linked to all kinds of important historical events. It’s well known in medical fields, civil rights, politics, and even in aviation. Why? Let’s find out below with some fun facts about January 18th.
On this day
A seven-year-old became emperor!
Believe it or not, on January 18th, in the year 474, seven-year-old Leo II became emperor of the Byzantine empire following the death of his grandfather, Leo I. He died ten months later.
James Cook took Hawaii!
British explorer James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands on January 18th, 1778. This made him the first European to ever do so! He named the area the Sandwich Islands. Maybe not such a strong name, but he was probably tired from the journey!
Check out these rays!
On this day, back in 1896, H. L. Smith exhibited an X-ray-generating machine for the very first time! It has since become one of the most vital tools in the medical industry - saving millions of lives over the decades since the technology first came to prominence.
The Paris Peace Conference kicked off.
It was on January 18th, 1919, that the Paris Peace Conference finally opened in Versailles, France. It was a meeting of the winning allies to discuss peace terms following the end of World War I. Sadly, war did arise again not too much later - but big lessons were learned.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an official holiday.
The day commemorating the equal rights movement leader became officially observed by all 50 states in the US on January 18th, 1993. It has been celebrated by all states every year since and marks an important time to remember the life and work of the civil rights movement’s most enduring figurehead.
Presenting the Airbus A380!
Back in 2005, the world’s biggest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, was officially unveiled for the first time. The event occurred in Toulouse, France, and the plane is still highly used across the world today. It can carry up to 853 passengers in one flight!
Special Days Falling on January 18thWhether you are from Michigan or simply love the Great Lake State, today is the day to celebrate it! You can honor the day by going to discover some of Michigan’s most treasured landscapes or learning a little more about the state’s history!
National Thesaurus Day
We all need a thesaurus every now and then! When you can’t think of the right word, this book… tome… synonym machine is seriously helpful. The creator of Roget’s Thesaurus, Peter Mark Roget, was born on January 18th, 1779. So, now is the time to start diving deep into those synonyms!
National Winnie the Pooh Day
Many of us grew up loving the cuddly yellow bear, crazy for honey (no matter the cost!). January 18th is a great day to remember some of the character’s best-loved stories. It also happens to be the birthday of A A Milne, Pooh’s creator. Is there a more enduring character in all of popular culture? Maybe not!
National Michigan Day
Whether you are from Michigan or simply love the Great Lake State, today is the day to celebrate it! You can honor the day by going to discover some of Michigan’s most treasured landscapes or learning a little more about the state’s history!
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