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This Day in History: Jan. 18

In 1936, Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling, 70, died in London.

1778: English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the "Sandwich Islands."

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1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.

1919: The Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending the First World War, opened in Versailles, France.

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1943: During World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion.

1943: A U.S. ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread — aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts — went into effect.

1957: A trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.

1993: The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.


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