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Today in History: January 18

Slide 1 of 10: UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: James Cook (1728-79) English explorer and navigator and hydrographer in naval uniform, seated, with hand on map of the world. Portrait by Nathaniel Dance (1735-1811) English painter. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

1778: Captain James cook discovers Hawaiian Islands

English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands.

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