Adventure, hard work, curiosity, and patience are what make a person’s life successful. In years, people had achieved so much. The success of which has been valuable to the entire world. On January 18, James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. The first exhibition of Polar Bear took place in America. Also, Aviator Eugene Ely lands aircraft on a ship. Moreover, Gandhi finally broke his fast which he did for communal peace. And Jim Thorpe’s were finally returned to after 70 years.
1733- First exhibition of Polar Bear in America
A nine-year-old polar bear found in Greenland was captured. The exhibition of this bear took place in Boston, Massachusetts. On January 18, it was the first time that a polar bear that people publicly saw it in America. Before they took the bear to Hartford, Connecticut, it gained about sixty-three pounds. A joke was associated with the bear. The bear’s handler said to everyone, the bear ate ‘drunk Irishmen’ when people asked him, what he ate.
James Cook took his third and voyage during 1776-1779 on Resolution. The objective of this last voyage was to find Northwest Passage. Northwest Passage is a waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Also, to Omai who was a native of the Pacific region. After that, venturing across the north-west passage, he discovered the Hawaiian Islands. In 7778, he named the archipelago the ‘sandwich islands’. The name came to his mind because of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.
1910-Aviator Eugene Ely lands aircraft on a ship
Eugene Ely was born and raised in Iowa. He flew from the Tanforan Racetrack in California and landed the aircraft on shipboard in Pennsylvania. This was the first time the aviator used the tail-hook system successfully. Hugh Robinson, a circus performer and an aviator, designed this system. On January 18, after this accomplishment, he also asked the US Navy for employment. However, it was not so advanced and that much organized back then. So, he continued flying and experimenting individually.
1948-Gandhi breaks his fast
In 1948, Gandhi was fasting for communal peace. There were riots between the Hindus and Muslims. Gandhi wanted security and safety for the Muslims residing in Delhi. Hence, he broke his fast after finalizing seven conditions with Maulana Azad. The settlement included that the nine-day annual fair at Khwaja Bakhtiyar shrine should take place without any violence. There should be no homicides and people living in the mosques as refugees can go back to their homes. Also, the rest involved how Muslims can freely walk and travel without any threats and danger.
1983- Jim Thorpe medals returned to his family after 70 years
In 1983, Jim Thorpe won two gold medals in decathlon and pentathlon. To acknowledge his outstanding performance, King Gustav V awarded the two medals to him. However, the International Olympics Committee took away the medals from him. The reason stated was that he had to play the two seasons of basketball for $60 a month in North California. After about seventy years from when the medals seized and thirty years after Thorpe died, the family got the medals back.