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Births for February 18


  • 1516 Queen Mary I, (Bloody Mary) (1553-58), 1st reigning Queen of GB
  • 1559 Isaac Casaubon, naturalized English classical scholar, theologian
  • 1609 Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English lord chancellor
  • 1677 Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
  • 1745 Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, inventor (battery)
  • 1775 Thomas Girtin, London, artist, watercolorist
  • 1795 George Peabody, US, merchant/philanthropist
  • 1805 Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough, Rear Admiral (Union Navy)
  • 1817 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 186
  • 1817 Walter Page Lane, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
  • 1829 Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1833 James Deshler, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
  • 1836 Ramakrishna, Hindu saint; preached unity of all religions
  • 1838 Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist
  • 1844 Willem Maris, painter (Hagse School)
  • 1848 Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker; famous for stained glass windows
  • 1853 August Belmont Jr, breeder of Man 'O War/founded NY Jockey Club
  • 1859 Sholem Aleichem, (Solomon Rabinowitz), author (Fiddler on Roof)
  • 1860 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • 1877 Betsy Ranucci-Beckmann, (Theodora E), actress/author
  • 1884 Burt Mustin, Pitts Pa, actor (All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show)
  • 1888 Gladys Cooper, England, actress (Margaret-Rogues)
  • 1890 Adolphe Menjou, Pittsburgh, actor (Front Page, Star is Born)
  • 1890 Boris L Pasternak, Russian poet/writer (Dr Zhivago)
  • 1890 Edward Arnold, NYC, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
  • 1892 Wendell Wilkie, presidential candidate (R-1940)/author (One World)
  • 1895 George "Gipper" Gipp, Notre Dame football star
  • 1895 Semjon Timosjenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II)
  • 1896 Andr‚ Breton, France, surrealist poet/writer (founder of surr‚alism)
  • 1899 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • 1903 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR
  • 1907 Billy Dewolfe, Wollaston Mass, actor (Good Morning World)
  • 1909 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1909 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • 1912 Heinz Khn, Dutch politician (SPD-min-pres North Region-Westfalen)
  • 1913 Dane Clark, Bkln, actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason)
  • 1914 Pee Wee King, Milwaukee Wisc, country singer (Pee Wee King Song)
  • 1916 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montr‚al (1954- )
  • 1917 Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
  • 1918 Betty Field, US, actress (Of Mice & Men, Bus Stop)
  • 1920 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • 1920 Jack Palance, (Walter Palanuik), Lattimer Pa, actor (City Slickers)
  • 1922 Eric Gairy, premier (Grenada)
  • 1922 Helen Gurley Brown, Portland Me, author/publisher (Cosmopolitan)
  • 1923 Allan Melvin, KC Mo, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family)
  • 1925 George Kennedy, NYC, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight)
  • 1926 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1927 John W Warner, (Sen-R-VA, 1979- ), married Liz Taylor
  • 1928 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1929 Len Deighton, writer (Fighter)
  • 1930 Theodore C Freeman, Haverford Penn, capt USAF/astronaut
  • 1931 Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
  • 1932 Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus)
  • 1933 Bobby Robson, British soccer coach (PSV)
  • 1933 Kim Novak, Chicago, Ill, actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage)
  • 1933 Mary Ure, England, model/actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way)
  • 1933 Yoko Ono Lennon, (Mrs John Lennon), Tokyo Japan, singer(?)
  • 1934 Aldo Ceccato, Milan Italy, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77)
  • 1938 Manny Mota, baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1941 David Blue, (Cohen), Providence RI, rocker (Cupid's Arrow)
  • 1941 Herb Santiago, vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
  • 1945 Judy Rankin, St Louis Mo, LPGA golfer (Vare Trophy 1976-77)
  • 1945 Michael Nader, St Louis Mo, actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty)
  • 1947 Dennis De Young, vocalist (Styx-Its Raining Again)
  • 1947 Eliot L Engel, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1947 Princess Maria Christina, (Mar˜ke), of Netherlands
  • 1948 Carolyn B Maloney, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1949 Cybill Shepherd, Memphis Tn, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show
  • 1949 Jess Walton, actress (Jill Abbott-Young & Restless)
  • 1950 John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller)
  • 1952 Juice Newton, (Judy Cohen), Virginia, singer (Angel of the Morning)
  • 1953 Derek Pellicci, rocker (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • 1953 Robin Bachman, guitarist (Bachman Turner Overdrive-You Aint Seen)
  • 1954 John Travolta, Englewood NJ, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Grease)
  • 1957 Vanna White, Conway SC, TV game show hostess (Wheel of Fortune)
  • 1958 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1960 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • 1960 Greta Scacchi, Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)
  • 1962 Gary Reasons, NFL line backer (NY Giants)
  • 1963 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • 1964 Matt Dillon, actor (Flamingo Kid, Tex, Little Darlings, Kansas)
  • 1967 Colin Jackson, Cardiff England, 100m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1968 Molly Ringwald, Roseville Calif, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)
  • 1969 Alexander Mogliny, USSR, 1st soviet hockey star to defect to NHL


Passings for February 18


  • 999 Gregory V, (Bruno) 1st German Pope, dies
  • 1217 Alexander Neckum de Sancto Albano, Engl encyclopedist, dies at 59
  • 1397 Enguerrand VII, French mister of Coucy, dies at 56
  • 1478 Duke of Clarence, forced drowning in a wine barrel
  • 1535 Agrippa von Nettesheim , royal astrologer, dies
  • 1546 Martin Luther, biblical scholar/religious reformer, dies at 62
  • 1564 Michelangelo, Italian painter/sculptor/architect/poet, dies
  • 1817 Giacomo Quarenghi, master builder (Hermitage Theater), dies
  • 1830 Charles GG, Earl of Merode, mayor of Brussels, dies at 67
  • 1905 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
  • 1917 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • 1925 James Lane Allen, US writer (Choir Invisible), dies
  • 1932 Frederik Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66
  • 1938 Alida JM Tartaud-Little, actress (Rotterdam Stage), dies
  • 1943 Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem), dies at 74
  • 1949 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • 1951 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85
  • 1957 Henry N Russell, co-author (temperature-luminosity graph), dies
  • 1963 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • 1967 Robert J Oppenheimer, creator of atomic bomb, dies
  • 1968 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas ”ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • 1973 Franc Costello, US gangster, dies at 82
  • 1975 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • 1976 Eddie Dowling, composer (Anywhere USA), dies at 81
  • 1977 Andy Devine, (Jeremiah Schwartz), actor (Andy's Gang), dies at 71
  • 1978 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 1982 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ detective writer/producer, dies at 82
  • 1982 Tina Carver, actress, dies at 58
  • 1985 Willy Alberti, (Carel Verbruggen), singer, dies
  • 1990 Hulk, fictional character dies in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC
  • 1993 Edward S "Ted" Haworth, US set designer (Sayonara, Marty), dies at 76
  • 1993 Leslie Norman, English director/producer (Dunkirk), dies at 82
  • 1993 Michael David Morrison, actor (As The World Turns), dies at 33


Special events for February 18


  • 1129 Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II
  • 1503 Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 1574 Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
  • 1678 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published
  • 1688 1st formal protest of slavery in US-Friends in Germantown, Penn
  • 1713 French invade under Jacques Cassard on Cura‡ao
  • 1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC
  • 1804 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, chartered
  • 1815 Treaty of peace with Great Britain proclaimed
  • 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 today)
  • 1849 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)
  • 1850 Calif Legislature creates 9 Bay Area counties
  • 1856 American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy
  • 1857 Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
  • 1861 King Victor Emanuel II of Sardinia becomes king of Italy
  • 1861 President Jefferson Davis is inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1865 Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC occupied by Federals
  • 1865 Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman's troops burn city
  • 1865 Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
  • 1874 C H F Peters discovers asteroid #135 Hertha
  • 1884 Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"
  • 1885 Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," published
  • 1899 80ø F, San Fransisco
  • 1899 Montr‚al Shamrocks sweep Winnipeg Victorias in 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1899 SF named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • 1902 Opera "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" is produced (Monte Carlo)
  • 1908 1st US postage stamps in coils issued
  • 1915 Germany begins a blockade of England
  • 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, min of marine Edwin Denby ends term due to Teapot Dome-scandal
  • 1927 US & Canada begin diplomatic relations
  • 1930 Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted
  • 1930 US astronomer Clyde Tombaug discovers Pluto
  • 1932 Japan declares Manchuria Independence
  • 1936 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • 1938 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #1480 Aunus
  • 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
  • 1942 Japanese troop land on Bali
  • 1942 L Oterma discovers asteroids #1758 Naantali, #2828 Iku-Turso & #2912
  • 1943 1st edition opposition newspaper Loyal, publishes
  • 1943 Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (Chilean gen/dictator) marries Lucia Hiriart
  • 1943 Munich opposition group "That Weisse Rose" disbands
  • 1943 Poetry newspaper Trouw begins publishing
  • 1947 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin Pa
  • 1950 S Arend discovers asteroid #2277 Moreau
  • 1951 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • 1951 Nep l becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • 1951 Netherland Radio School forms
  • 1953 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Premier of 1st 3-D feature film-"Bwana Devil" (NYC)
  • 1955 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • 1960 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • 1962 France & Algerian Moslems negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • 1964 Cabinet-Papandreou takes power in Greece
  • 1965 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, BC
  • 1965 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting
  • 1965 Gambia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1966 Goethe Link Observatory discovers asteroid #2753 Duncan
  • 1967 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
  • 1967 Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner strikes out 6 straight major leaguers
  • 1968 British adopt year-round daylight savings time
  • 1968 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
  • 1969 PLO-attack El-Al office in Zurich Switzerland
  • 1970 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot
  • 1972 Calif Supreme Court strikes down it's death penalty
  • 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 Emile Puttemans runs 3000m in record 7:39.2
  • 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
  • 1977 George Harrison releases "True Love"
  • 1977 H Kosai & K Hurukawa discovers asteroids #2330 Ontake, #2960 Ohtaki,
  • 1978 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • 1979 -52ø F (-47ø C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • 1979 Miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premiers on ABC TV
  • 1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • 1979 Snow falls in Sahara
  • 1980 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • 1980 Harvard College discovers asteroid #3085
  • 1982 C Shoemaker & S J Bus discovers asteroid #3270 Dudley
  • 1983 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1984 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • 1988 Anthony M Kennedy becomes a Supreme Court Justice
  • 1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY
  • 3102 -BC- Origin of Kali Era (India)


Songs for date February 18

  • 02/18/49 --- Cruising Down The River (Morgan, Russ)
  • 02/18/56 --- Poor People Of Paris, The (Baxter, Les)
  • 02/18/56 --- Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Lymon, Frankie)
  • 02/18/67 --- For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey...) (Buffalo Springfield)
  • 02/18/67 --- Sock-It To Me-Baby! (Ryder, Mitch & The Detroit Wheels)
  • 02/18/67 --- Baby I Need Your Lovin' (Rivers, Johnny)
  • 02/18/78 --- Dust In The Wind (Kansas)
  • 02/18/78 --- Can't Smile Without You (Manilow, Barry)
  • 02/18/89 --- You Got It (Orbison, Roy)
  • 02/18/89 --- Walk The Dinosaur (Was [Not Was])
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