Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the Sandwich Islands (More info)

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson attends the Paris Peace Conference that would formally end World War I and lay the groundwork for the formation of the League of Nations (More info)

1973 - Pink Floyd began recording "Dark Side of The Moon", which would spend a record-setting 14 years on the charts

1975 - "The Jeffersons", a spin-off from "All In The Family",  premiered on CBS-TV

1989 - The Rolling Stones,  Otis Redding,  Stevie Wonder,  The Temptations,  and Dion were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1990 – Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting (More info)

1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states (More info)

2012 – Wikipedia enacts a global blackout of the English version of the site in protest of SOPA and PIPA (More info)

 

It's also  "Hair Dryer Appreciation Day".