Today In History 1-18-19

 1778 — Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the ‘Sandwich Islands’

1836 — Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assists its Texas defenders

1913 — American actor Danny Kaye is born

1919 — The Paris Peace Conference opens to set peace terms after WWI, resulting in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

1936 — English author, poet and Nobel Prize laureate Rudyard Kipling dies.

1955 — American actor, director and producer Kevin Costner is born.

1997 — Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided, walking 1,864 miles across the southernmost continent.