Today in History, February 18th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 18th!

1478 George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London.
1546 Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, died in Eiselben, Germany.
1564 The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
1688 Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the fist formal antislavery resolution in America.
1813 Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army.
1861 Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy.


1865 Union troops force the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
1878 The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid’s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.
1885 “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain was published.
1907 600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
1920 Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert.
1930 Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
1932 Manchurian independence is formally declared.
1935 Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.
1939 The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.
1943 German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.
1944 The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1945 U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.
1953 “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3-D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York City.
1954 East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.
1960 The eighth Winter Olympic Games opened in Squaw Valley, Calif.
1962 Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated. Robert F. Kennedy
1964 The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.
1967 The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.
1968 Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.
1970 Five of the Chicago Seven defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national convention. (The convictions were later overturned.)
1972 The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.
1974 Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty. Randolph-Hearst
1982 Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.
1988 Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
2001 Auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr., 49, died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500.
2001 Veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. (Hanssen pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison without parole.)
2006 American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
2006 A Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament was sworn in.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and


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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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