Today in history 1/18/2017

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1/18/2017:

Today in history, Frederick III (see picture below), the elector of Brandenburg, becomes king of Prussia in 1701.

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Today in history, Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the ‘Sandwich Islands’ after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich in 1778.

Today in history, The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site in 1902.

Today in history, General MacArthur (see picture below) repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States takes the lead in the Far East war crime trials in 1942.

** FILE ** Five star Gen. Douglas MacArthur smokes one of his trademark corn cob pipes aboard a ship bound for Luzon Island in the Philippines in this Jan. 20, 1945 file photo.  A congressional committee cut Gen. MacArthur down to size in 1951, deftly exposing the flaws that had led President Harry Truman to remove him as Korean war commander. The man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/File)

Today in history, Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York in 1964.

Today in history, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire’s disease in 1978.

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