January 18

This Day in History

1977

Deadliest rail disaster in Australian history

The Granville train disaster occurred on the morning of January 18 as a crowded commuter train from the Blue Mountains derailed on its way to Sydney and ploughed into the overhead Bold Street bridge. … (more...)

1778

Cook visits Hawaii

On January 18, 1778, English navigator Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit the Hawaiian Islands. Cook and his crew were welcomed by the native Hawaiians, who attached religious … (more...)