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Sunday 18 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
  • Family Day (parts of Canada; celebrated on the third Monday in February)

Events

  • 2014 – At least 76 people are killed and hundreds are injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • 2007 – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.
  • 2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1983 – Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee massacre in Seattle. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
  • 1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.
  • 1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, (6 Cal.3d 628) invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
  • 1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
  • 1955 – Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series.
  • 1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.
  • 1947 – First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains.
  • 1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
  • 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1911 – The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
  • 1900 – Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.
  • 1885 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
  • 1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
  • 1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1791 – Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto independent largely unrecognized state.
  • 1745 – The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Sunanate of Surakarta Hadiningrat.

Births

  • 1986 – Robert DeLong, American singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican-American murderer
  • 1983 – Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Juelz Santana, American rapper and actor
  • 1981 – Alex Ríos, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Larry Sweeney, American wrestler and manager (d. 2011)
  • 1980 – Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1977 – Ike Barinholtz, American actor and comedian
  • 1977 – Sean Watkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
  • 1976 – Leilani Munter, American race car driver and environmentalist
  • 1974 – Carrie Ann Baade, American painter and academic
  • 1974 – Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer and author
  • 1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmentalist and author
  • 1973 – Shawn Estes, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1971 – Merritt Gant, American guitarist
  • 1970 – James H. Fowler, American political scientist and author
  • 1970 – Susan Egan, American actress and singer
  • 1969 – Alexander Mogilny, Russian-American ice hockey player
  • 1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress
  • 1967 – John Valentin, American baseball player and coach
  • 1965 – Dr. Dre, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1964 – Matt Dillon, American actor and director
  • 1959 – James Metzger, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1959 – Jayne Atkinson, English-American actress
  • 1957 – Vanna White, American model and game show host
  • 1955 – Cheetah Chrome, American musician
  • 1954 – Charlie Fowler, American mountaineer, author, and photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1954 – John Travolta, American actor and producer
  • 1952 – Juice Newton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Maurice Lucas, American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)
  • 1952 – Randy Crawford, American jazz and R&B singer
  • 1950 – Cristina Ferrare, American model, actress, author, and television host
  • 1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress and singer
  • 1950 – John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1949 – Gary Ridgway, American criminal, Green River Killer
  • 1948 – Keith Knudsen, American singer-songwriter and drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1947 – Dennis DeYoung, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1947 – Eliot Engel, American educator and politician
  • 1945 – Judy Rankin, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1944 – Pat Bowlen, American businessman
  • 1941 – Herman Santiago, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter
  • 1941 – Irma Thomas, American singer
  • 1939 – Bobby Hart, American singer-songwriter
  • 1936 – Jean M. Auel, American author
  • 1934 – Audre Lorde, American poet, essayist, memoirist, and activist (d. 1992)
  • 1934 – Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)
  • 1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
  • 1932 – Miloš Forman, Czech-American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1931 – Bob St. Clair, American football player (d. 2015)
  • 1931 – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist, co-created The Wizard of Id (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Toni Morrison, American novelist and editor, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1927 – John Warner, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy
  • 1927 – Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, manager, and scout (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – A. R. Ammons, American poet and critic (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Len Ford, American football player (d. 1972)
  • 1926 – Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (d. 1976)
  • 1925 – George Kennedy, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1922 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Joe Tipton, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1994)
  • 1921 – Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Bill Cullen, American game show panelist and host (d. 1990)
  • 1919 – Jack Palance, American boxer and actor (d. 2006)
  • 1914 – Pee Wee King, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Wallace Stegner, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1898 – Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (d. 1988)
  • 1892 – Wendell Willkie, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 1944)
  • 1890 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1890 – Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1871 – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
  • 1870 – William Laurel Harris, American painter and author (d. 1924)
  • 1862 – Charles M. Schwab, American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (d. 1939)
  • 1855 – Jean Jules Jusserand, French historian, author, and diplomat, French Ambassador to the United States (d. 1932)
  • 1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (d. 1933)
  • 1817 – Lewis Armistead, American general (d. 1863)
  • 1814 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)
  • 1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, invented the battery (d. 1827)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Clyde Stubblefield, American drummer (b. 1943)
  • 2017 – Norma McCorvey, American abortion rights activist; Plaintiff, Roe vs. Wade (b. 1947)
  • 2015 – Cass Ballenger, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Jerome Kersey, American basketball player and coach (b. 1962)
  • 2014 – Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1914)
  • 2013 – Jerry Buss, American chemist and businessman (b. 1933)
  • 2006 – Bill Cowsill, American singer and guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2001 – Dale Earnhardt, American stock car racer and team owner
  • 2001 – Eddie Mathews, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1931)
  • 1998 – Harry Caray, American sportscaster (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Emily Hahn, American journalist and author (b. 1905)
  • 1995 – Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)
  • 1995 – Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (b. 1961)
  • 1989 – Mildred Burke, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1915)
  • 1981 – Jack Northrop, American engineer and businessman, founded the Northrop Corporation (b. 1895)
  • 1978 – Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 1977 – Andy Devine, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1976 – Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (b. 1926)
  • 1973 – Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (b. 1891)
  • 1967 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1966 – Robert Rossen, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. (b. 1907)
  • 1957 – Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and academic (b. 1877)
  • 1942 – Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (b. 1872)
  • 1938 – David King Udall, American missionary and politician (b. 1851)
  • 1933 – James J. Corbett, American boxer and actor (b. 1866)
  • 1931 – Louis Wolheim, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1915 – Frank James, American soldier and criminal (b. 1843)
  • 1910 – Lucy Stanton, American activist (b. 1831)
  • 1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (b. 1830)
  • 1902 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
  • 1893 – Serranus Clinton Hastings, American lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Justice of California (b. 1814)
  • 1873 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian activist, founded the Internal Revolutionary Organization (b. 1837)
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