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History for January 18:

Events:
1644 - First UFO sighting in America, by perplexed Pilgrims in Boston.
1777 - San Jose, CA is founded.
1778 - Captain James Cook stumbles over the Hawaiian Islands.
1869 - The elegant California Theatre opens in San Francisco.
1911 - First shipboard landing of a plane (from Tanforan Park to the USS Pennsylvania).
1913 - Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole.
1919 - Versailles Peace Conference.
1949 - First US Congressional Standing Committee headed by a black man - W Dawson.
1969 - Russians' Soyuz 5 returns to Earth
1980 - Barbara Britton dies
1986 - 24th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 7 returns to Earth.

Birthdays:
1779 - Peter Roget, of Thesaurus fame, invented Slide Rule, created pocket chessboard.
1782 - Daniel Webster, early American orator and politician.
1813 - Joseph Farwell Glidden, invented first commercially useable barbed wire.
1854 - Thomas A. Watson, needed by Alexander Graham Bell.
1892 - Oliver Hardy, of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy.
1904 - Cary Grant, Actor
1913 - Danny Kaye, Comedian
1922 - Constance Moore in Sioux City, Iowa

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