January 18, 1733: The first <a href="/ce6/sci/A0839496.html">polar bear</a> was exhibited in America, in Boston.
January 18, 1778: <a href="/ce6/people/A0813414.html">Captain James Cook</a> became the first European to visit the Sandwich Islands (<a href="/node/70011">Hawaii</a>).
January 18, 1782: Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire.
January 18, 1788: <p>The First Fleet, carrying convicts and sheep, arrived in <a href="/node/70441">Australia's</a> <a href="/ce6/world/A0808451.html">Botany Bay</a>.</p>
January 18, 1912: The ill-fated <a href="/ce6/people/A0844113.html">Scott</a> expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover <a href="/ce6/people/A0803830.html">Amundsen</a> had been there first.
January 18, 1943: The <a href="/ce6/history/A0834972.html">Nazi</a> siege of <a href="/ce6/world/A0843135.html">Leningrad</a> was broken.
January 18, 1993: All 50 states joined in the observance of the <a href="/node/156597">Martin Luther King, Jr.</a> holiday.
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