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- Jan 18 1903:
Shackleton collapses during the afternoon march and Scott and Wilson are forced to make camp.
- Jan 18 1903:
The relief ship Morning arrives at Cape Crozier and after a long search
Captain Colbeck and his landing party find the message cache from Discovery
and learn of the route into McMurdo Sound.
- Jan 18 1904:
The relief ships, Morning and Terra Nova, are able to
move between four and five miles closer to Hut Point as the ice slowly begins to break up.
- Jan 18 1911:
The hut at Cape Evans is completed and ready for occupation.
- Jan 18 1913:
The Terra Nova, under the command of Teddy Evans, arrives in
McMurdo Sound to pick up the remaining members of Scott's expedition at
Cape Evans and learn the news of the loss of Scott and the polar party.
- Jan 18 1915:
Endurance's progress towards the mainland is stopped by a solid
barrier of ice.
- Jan 18 1957:
Sir Edmund Hillary and pilot Bill Cranfield take off from McMurdo Sound
to reconnoitre the British Commonwealth TransAntarctic Expedition's
proposed route up the Skelton Glacier.
- Jan 18 1882:
A. A. Milne, writer and creator of Winnie the Pooh, born in Scotland.
- Jan 18 1884:
Birth of Arthur Ransome, author, best known for children's fiction,
especially the Swallows and Amazons series, in Headingley, Leeds,
- Jan 18 1989:
Bruce Chatwin, novelist and travel writer, died in the south of France,
at the age of 48.
- Jan 18 1990:
Publication of Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates, a
gastronomic mystery by Michael Bond.
- Jan 18 2001:
Gavin Young, journalist and travel writer, died in London, England, at
the age of 72.
- Jan 18 2010:
Robert B. Parker, best known for crime novels featuring Spenser, died
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 77.
- Jan 18 2011:
Publication of Bride of New France, an historical novel
by Suzanne Desrochers.
- Jan 18 2018:
Peter Mayle, best known for the memoir A Year in Provence, died
in Provence, France, at the age of 78.
- Jan 18 1841:
Emmanuel Chabrier, composer, born in Ambert, Puy-de-Dôme, France.
- Jan 18 1930:
World première performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's opera
The Nose, at the Maly Opera Theatre in Leningrad, Russia.
- Jan 18 2010:
Singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at
the age of 63.
- Jan 18 1664:
Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University, England,
established by King Charles II. The Chair was funded by a bequest in
1663 from Henry Lucas, a former MP for Cambridge.
- Jan 18 1778:
George Bellas Greenough born in London, England. Greenough was a
geologist, and was a founding member and first president of the
- Jan 18 1814:
William Smith is given 50 pounds by Joseph Banks to help with his
- Jan 18 1823:
William Buckland climbs down into Goat's Hole Cave or Paviland Cave, on the Gower Peninsula of
South Wales, and found a human skeleton. Nicknamed the 'Red Lady of Paviland', Buckland thought
the remains were Roman-aged. He was wrong on both counts. The skeleton is that of a male.
It is now assigned to the Paleolithic and has yielded radiocarbon dates of about 33,000 years BP.
- Jan 18 2000:
The Tagish Lake Meteorite fell to earth across northwestern Canada.
Fragments were collected from a frozen lake surface by a man from
Atlin, British Columbia. The meteorite is of exceptional scientific
interest because of its lack of contamination by earth materials and
beacause of its composition, a carbonaceous chondrite.
- Jan 18 1987:
Butterflies, Beauty in Evolution exhibition closes.