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On This Day in History - January 18, 2014

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
On this day in American history in 1778, British Captain James Cook became the first European explorer to visit the Hawaii Islands. Also on this day in America in 1813, inventor of the barbed wire that forever altered the development of the American West, Joseph F. Glidden was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire. Also on this day in America in 1856, the first MD to preform open heart surgery successfully, African-American Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Lastly on this day in American history in 1919, the Paris Peace Conference began, leading to the formation of President Woodrow Wilson's post-war dream, the League of Nations.

On this day in Canada in 1967, Yellowknife becomes the official political capitol of the North West Territories. Also on this day in Canada in 1961, hockey legend second in all-time career points, playoff points and regular season games played, and winner of 6 Stanley Cups and 2 Hart Trophies, and the only player to win Cups as the captain of two different franchises, Mark Messier was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Also on this day in Canada in 1952, world-famous race car driver winning six Formula One Grand Prix titles and the first Canadian to win the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Gilles Villeneuve was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Lastly on this day in Canadian history in 1919, the Canadian delegation arrives at the Paris Peace Conference, marking the first time that Canada represented itself on the foreign stage in Europe.

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
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