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Notable Historical Events on February 18th

1861Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Alabama (US Civil War)

2004Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with

1991Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

1909Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

1977George Harrison releases "True Love"

1919Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goals

19752nd American Music Award: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

1879Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

1503Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)

1989Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am

1861King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st King of Italy

1814The Battle of Montereau; victory of French under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians and Württembergers under the King of Württemberg.

1901Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.

1856The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

February 18th Historical Events
Date Event
3102
Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga in the proleptic Julian calendar. 
BC
AD
1129
Jerusalem re-taken by Christians in peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil 
1268
The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakovor. 
1332
Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces. 
1478
George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London. 
1503
Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII
1536
France & Turkey sign milt/trade agreement against King Karel 
1563
Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots gen Francois De Guise 
1574
Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels 
1634
Ferdinand II orders commander Albrecht von Wallenstein, execution 
1678
John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published in Holborn, London by Nathaniel Ponder 
1685
Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas. 
1688
Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa 
1713
French invade under Jacques Cassard on Curacao 
1735
1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC 
1745
Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Inverness Scotland 
1787
Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor 
1797
Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby. 
1804
1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered 
1814
The Battle of Montereau; victory of French under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians and Württembergers under the King of Württemberg. 
1828
More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar 
1834
1st US labor newspaper, "The Man," published, NYC 
1839
Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists) 
1849
1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28) 
1850
California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties 
1856
American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy 
1856
The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore
1857
Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo 
1861
Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Alabama (US Civil War) 
1861
King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st King of Italy 
1865
Battle of Fort Moultrie, SC occupied by Federals 
1865
Evacuation of Charleston, SC 
1865
Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC 
1876
Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand 
1878
John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico. 
1879
Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha 
1879
Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty 
1884
General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum 
1884
Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In" 
1885
Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" 
1891
Capt Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan 
1896
Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs 
1899
80°F in SF 
1899
SF named as a port of dispatch for Army transports 
1899
Stanley Cup: Mont Shamrocks sweep Queens U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games 
1900
Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam 
1900
Battle at Paardeberg, 1,270 British killed/injured 
1900
British troops occupy Monte Christo, Natal 
1901
H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner 
1901
Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons. 
1902
Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame," premieres in Monte Carlo 
1903
Kuyper government launches anti strike laws 
1905
Frank Wedekind's "Hidada, oder Sein und Haben," premieres in Munich 
1906
Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne," premieres in Paris 
1908
1st US postage stamps in rolls issued 
1908
The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement' 
1909
Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps 
1911
The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away. 
1913
French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" displayed in NYC 
1913
President Francisco Madero of Mexico is overthrown 
1915
Germany begins a blockade of Britain 
1916
The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders 
1919
Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goals 
1921
British troops occupy Dublin 
1922
Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball 
1922
WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions 
1923
Belgium: Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages 
1924
US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard 
1924
US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger 
1924
US, min of marine Edwin Denby ends term due to Teapot Dome-scandal 
1927
1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts" 
1927
US & Canada begin diplomatic relations 
1929
The first Academy Awards are announced. 
1930
Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted 
1930
Luigi Pirandello's "Come Tu Mi Vuoi," premieres in Milan 
1930
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's "Simple Simon," premieres in NYC 
1930
US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto 
1932
Japan declares Manchuria independent 
1932
Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title 
1936
NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24) 
1939
Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island 
1942
Japanese troop land on Bali 
1943
1st edition of Dutch resistance newspaper "Trouw" 
1943
Munich resistance group "White Rose" captured by Nazis 
1943
William D Cox buys Philadelphia Phillies 
1944
Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested 
1944
Youngest baseball player, Cin Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall 
1947
24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin Pa 
1947
Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone," premieres in NYC 
1950
"Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances 
1951
3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes 
1951
Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy 
1951
Netherlands Radio School forms 
1952
4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win 
1953
"Bwana Devil," the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York 
1953
"Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances 
1953
KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1953
Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film-"Bwana Devil" (NYC) 
1954
The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California. 
1955
Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance 
1957
Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan rebel leader is executed by the British colonial government. 
1960
8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, Cal 
1960
Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000 
1961
Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater 
1962
France & Algerian Moslems negotiate truce to end 7 year war 
1962
Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open 
1964
Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday," premieres in NYC 
1964
Papandreou government takes power in Greece 
1965
"Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 72 perfs 
1965
27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, BC 
1965
Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting 
1965
The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom. 
1967
Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3" 
1967
Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner strikes out 6 straight major leaguers 
1968
10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin 
1968
10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France 
1968
British adopts year-round daylight savings time as a trial 
1968
David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd 
1969
Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st 
1969
PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland 
1970
Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot 
1970
US president Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine" 
1972
California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty 
1972
Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy 
1972
John & Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show 
1973
54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash 
1973
Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3000m indoor record 7:39.2 
1973
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic 
1974
NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km) 
1974
US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check 
1975
2nd American Music Award: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win 
1975
Italy broadens abortion law 
1977
George Harrison releases "True Love" 
1977
Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on it's maiden flight 
1977
Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft & Joel Garner v Pakistan Bridgetown 
1978
1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii 
1979
-52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record) 
1979
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
1979
Miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV 
1979
NASA launches space vehicle S-202 
1979
Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh 
1979
Snow falls in Sahara Desert 
1980
Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!) 
1980
Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections 
1983
NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak 
1984
Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed 
1986
San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix 
1988
Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice 
1989
Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am 
1990
Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament 
1991
Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0 
1993
Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY 
1994
Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43) 
1994
Shreveport Pirates join CFL as 4th US team 
1995
Angela Kennedy swims world record 100m butterfly 
1995
Barb Thomas Whitehead wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
1995
Warnecke swims world record 50m freestyle 
1996
1st full ODI for Kenya, Cricket World Cup v India 
1996
Daytona 500 race 
1996
Tendulkar scores 127* in India's Cricket World Cup win over Kenya 
1998
NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell 
1998
Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways. 
2000
Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia. 
2001
FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison. 
2001
Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt 
2003
Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO. 
2003
Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea. 
2004
Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes. 
2004
Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with 
2009
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession 
2012
Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint 
2013
15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia 
2013
$50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium 
2014
2014 Ukrainian Revolution begins 
2017
Trump Calls the News Media the 'Enemy of the American People' 
2017
Trump on hand as Boeing unveils newest, biggest Dreamliner yet 
2017
North Korean man arrested over killing of Kim Jong-nam 
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