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January 18: Captain James Cook Sights Hawaii.

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On this day in 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to happen upon the Hawaiian Islands. True story: Cook had a standing rule that the first crew member to spot land and yell, “Land ho!” would receive a bottle of rum in addition to the usual rum ration, which perhaps explains why Cook is credited with discovering so many islands during his travels.

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