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Monday, February 18, 2013

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<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-headington/presidents-day-2013_b_2709856.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Honor: Presidents' Day 2013</a>Huffington Post (blog)Presidents' Day is a time set aside to celebrate the legacies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and also remember all of the presidents of the United States (POTUS) that have made our nation great. Legislation passed under the Lyndon Johnson ...

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February 18 in history:

  • 1685, Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas
  • 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time
  • 1901, Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons
  • 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
  • 1930, while studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 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
  • 1970, the Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Party national convention. Five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968. (Those convictions were later reversed)
  • 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 in prison
  • 1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle goes on its maiden "flight" while sitting on top of a Boeing 747
  • 1979, snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the first and only recorded time in history
  • 1983, 13 people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington, said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in American history
  • 1998, two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways
  • 2001, FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2001, Dale Earnhardt is killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500, which was won by Michael Waltrip, driving in a car that Earnhardt owned. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second
  • 2003, nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea