18/01/1778 Captain James Cook stumbles over Hawaiian Islands
The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook: Crash Course World History #27
History of Hawaii
Cook discovered the islands during his third voyage. He named them the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty. The name was in use until the 1840s, when the local name "Hawaii" gradually began to take precedence.