February 18th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
February 18th History Highlights
February 18th is...
Crab Stuffed Founder Day
National Battery Day
National Drink Wine Day
Thumb Appreciation Day
February 18th Quotes
At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You
don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.
No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to
share it with or tell it to. When that happens- that letting go-
you let go because you can.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together
The difference between getting somewhere and nowhere is the courage
to make an early start. The fellow who sits still and does just
what he is told will never be told to do big things.
I have collected all the writings of the Empire and burnt those
which were of no use.
When I stood up there as a pinch hitter, I honestly believed
I was the best hitter in the game. That's the only attitude to
Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you
are boring somebody.
God has given us our talents, not to copy the talents of others,
but rather to use our brains and imagination in order to obtain
the revelation of true beauty.
February 18th Birthdays
259 BC - Qin Shi Huang, Chinese emperor (died in 210 BC)
1559 - Isaac Casaubon, Swiss scholar (died in 1614)
1795 - George Peabody, American merchant and philanthropist (died in 1869)
1848 - Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (died in 1933)
1862 - Charles M. Schwab, American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (died in 1939)
1892 - Wendell Willkie, American politician (died in 1944)
1906 - Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and academic (died in 1980)
1919 - Jack Palance, American actor (died in 2006)
1920 - Bill Cullen, American game show panelist and host (died in 1990)
1922 - Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (died in 2012)
1922 - Allan Melvin, American character actor (died in 2008)
1925 - George Kennedy, American actor (died in 2016)
1927 - Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (died in 2016)
1931 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist, co-created The Wizard of Id (died in 2007)
1931 - Toni Morrison, American novelist (died in 2019)
1932 - Milo Forman, Czech-American actor, director, and screenwriter (died in 2018)
1933 - Yoko Ono, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
1938 - Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player,
1939 - Bobby Hart, American singer-songwriter
1941 - Irma Thomas, American singer
1950 - John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 2009)
1950 - Cybill Shepherd, American actress
1952 - Juice Newton, American singer-songwriter
1954 - John Travolta, American actor
1957 - Vanna White, American model and game show host
1960 - Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress
1964 - Matt Dillon, American actor
1965 - Dr. Dre (Andre Young), American rapper and producer
1968 - Molly Ringwald, American actress
1974 - Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer and author
1980 - Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter
1986 - Robert DeLong, American singer-songwriter
February 18th History
1856 - The "Know-Nothing Party," convened in Philadelphia to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration led to the formation of a number of groups to combat "foreign" influences in American society.
1861 - Jefferson Davis became the provisional president of the Confederate States of America. He was 'provisional' because he was not elected by the people, but appointed by the Confederate Congress.
1908 - The first US postage stamps in coils were available for the first time in vending machines.
1911 - The first official flight with airmail took place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivered 6,500 letters to Naini, about 6 miles away.
1913 - Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes, the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
1921 - The Colorado River was not the original name of the river that helped split the Grand Canyon. Before February 18th of this year, it was called the Grand River.
1930 - A cow named Ollie was milked over St. Louis, MO. Her milk was cartoned and parachuted down.
1930 - Ex-planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh.
1948 - Broadway Show - Mister Roberts (Play) February 18, 1948
1950 - #1 Hit February 18, 1950 - March 17, 1950: Red Foley - Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
1954 - The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.
1956 - # 1 Hit February 18, 1956 - February 24, 1956: Kay Starr - Rock And Roll Waltz
February 18, 1966 Birthday (fictional) Jack Bauer, 24, TV
1978 - The first Ironman Triathlon competition took place on the island of Oahu and was won by Gordon Haller.
2001 - Race car legend Ralph Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash in the last lap of the Daytona 500 . Richard Petty won the race.
2001 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
2010 - WikiLeaks published the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the American soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate
pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in
Pope John Paul II - Real Name: Carol Wojtila
Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of prop glasses by the
end of the Harry Potter series.
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