This Day in History on 18 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 18 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1778: Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands.

1896: First exposure to the X-ray machine.

1911: Eugene B. Ilay landed on the USS Pennsylvania, anchored in the port of San Francisco. It was the first time a plane had landed on a ship.

1919: Establishment of Bentley Motors Limited.

1951: First lie machine used in the Netherlands.

1959: Meera Ben (Madeline Slade), an aide of Mahatma Gandhi, left India.

1964: Inauguration of the World Trade Center building in New York.

1974: A peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel.

1997: Norway’s Borg Ausland crosses the Atlantic Ocean alone.

1997: Nafisa Joseph became Miss India.

1998: Madan Mohan Poonchi became the 28th Chief Justice of India.

1999: Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor of India.

2002: The US agreed to provide state-of-the-art weapons to India.

2005: The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, was unveiled.

2007: The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people and Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Cyclone Kyrill causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.

2008: The Euphronios Krater is unveiled in Rome after being returned to Italy by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2018: A bus catches fire on the Samara–Shymkent road in Yrgyz District, Aktobe, Kazakhstan.[5] The fire kills 52 passengers, with three passengers and two drivers escaping.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1689: Montesquieu, a French judge, the man of letters, and political philosopher.

1842: Mahadev Govind Ranade, an Indian scholar, social reformer, judge, and author.

1854: Thomas A. Watson, an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, notably in the invention of the telephone.

1882: A. A. Milne, an English author.

1892: Oliver Hardy, an American comic actor and one half of Laurel and Hardy.

1927: Sundaram Balachander, Indian actor, singer, and veena player (d. 1990)

1969: Dave Bautista, an American actor, retired professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder.

Vinod Kambli

1933: Ray Dolby, an American engineer, and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR.

1937: John Hume, an Irish nationalist politician from Northern Ireland.

1952: Veerappan, an Indian bandit.

1966: Alexander Khalifman, a Russian chess player and writer.

1972: Vinod Kambli, a former Indian cricketer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1936: Rudyard Kipling, an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

1947: K. L. Saigal, an Indian singer, and actor.

1955: Saadat Hasan Manto, a colonial Indian and Pakistani writer, playwright, and author.

1971: Nath Pai, an Indian freedom fighter, Barrister, and Member of Parliament.

1993: Wasif Ali Wasif, a teacher, writer, poet, and Sufi intellectual from Pakistan.

1996: N. T. Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR, an Indian actor, producer, director, film editor, politician, and the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

2003: Harivansh Rai Bachchan, an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature.

2003 – Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet and author (b. 1907): Harivansh Rai Bachchan was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in the village of Babupatti, in the district of Pratapgarh, in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh in British India, he was also a poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan.

Anthony Gonsalves

2012: Anthony Gonsalves, Indian composer and educator (b. 1927)

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