Here are today’s 8 world-changing events that happened in history on today’s date, January 18.
1644 – The Pilgrims in Boston report America's first UFO sighting.
1777 - Mission Santa Clara patented; first mass said by Fray de la Pena on Jan. 12, 1777.
1778 – Capt. James Cook accidentally discovers the Sandwich Islands (the Hawaiian Islands). Cook named them the Sandwich Islands in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty. Hawaii was referred to as the Sandwich Islands until the 1840s, when the local name of Hawaii became commonly used instead.
1884 - Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
1896 - First demonstration of an X-ray machine in the U.S. in New York City.
1977 - Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
1983 - International Olympic Committee restores athlete Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semi-pro baseball.
1993 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for the first time.
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