February 18 Events in History - February 18 Birthdays - February 18 Deaths
2015 The Greek Parliament elects Prokopis Pavlopoulos as the nation's next president; Pavlopoulos, preferred by the SYRIZA party, was chosen over opposition party nominee Nicos Alivizatos
2014 Stock shares of automaker Tesla rise above $200 after reports that Apple, Inc. executives met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013 to potentially discuss an acquisition
2014 Coca Cola Company announces that it plans to reduce its costs by $1 billion over the next few years in an effort to counteract slowing demand
2013 At Belgium's Brussels Airport, armed robbers steal untraceable, raw diamonds worth $50 million from a plane within minutes, and without alarming passengers
2013 Nestle removes its beef pasta meals from supermarkets in France, Spain and Italy after tests confirm the food giant has products contaminated with horsemeat
2012 Pope Benedict XVI announces seven new saints - including American saint Kateri Tekakwitha - and appoints 22 new cardinals
2012 In Seville, Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy is reelected head of the Popular Party
2011 Human Rights Watch reports 24 people were killed in Libya's 'Day of Rage' anti-regime protest
2011 Voters in Uganda participate in the Ugandan general election; voters fear the election is rigged to extend the 30-year rule of rebel Yoweri Museveni
2010 Yvo de Boer, top climate change official at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, resigns
2003 Arsonist set a fire in a trian station in Daegu, South Korea kills nearly 200
1998 New York Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
1996 1st full ODI for Kenya, Cricket World Cup vs. India
1996 Daytona 500 race
1996 Tendulkar scores 127* in India's Cricket World Cup win over Kenya
1995 Angela Kennedy swims world record 100m butterfly
1995 Barb Thomas Whitehead wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1995 Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) and Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) wed
1995 Warnecke swims world record 50m freestyle
1994 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)
1994 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)
1994 Shreveport Pirates join CFL as 4th U.S. team
1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York
1991 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse and shuts out New Jersey Devils 4-0
1990 Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
1989 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am
1989 Steve Garvey marries Candace Thomas while at same time being accused of fathering children by 2 other women
1988 Anthony M. Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1986 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against Phoenix
1984 Revised concordat between Italy and Vatican signed
1983 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
1980 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983
1980 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections
1979 -52 degrees F (-47 degrees C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
1979 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1979 Miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
1979 President Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
1979 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
1978 1st Iron Man Triathlon held, Kona, Hawaii
1977 George Harrison releases "True Love"
1977 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on it's maiden flight
1977 Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft and Joel Garner vs. Pakistan Bridgetown
1975 2nd American Music Awards
1975 Italy broadens abortion law
1974 NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
1974 U.S. ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
1973 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash
1973 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3000m indoor record 7:39.2
1973 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic
1972 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
1972 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
1972 John and Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
1970 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot
1970 U.S. president Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"
1969 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
1969 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
1968 10,000 demonstrators against U.S. in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
1968 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
1968 British adopts year-round daylight savings time
1968 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
1967 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
1967 Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner strikes out 6 straight major leaguers
1965 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 72 performances
1965 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, British Columbia
1965 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting
1965 Gambia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1964 Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday," premieres in New York City
1964 Papandreou Government takes power in Greece
1962 France and Algerian Moslems negotiate truce to end 7 year war
1962 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1961 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
1960 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
1960 Walter O'Malley, Los Angeles Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
1955 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey and Iraq a defense alliance
1953 "Bwana Devil," the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
1953 "Maggie" opens at National Theater New York City for 5 performances
1953 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film-"Bwana Devil" (New York City)
1952 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca wins
1951 3 City College of New York basketball players admit to accepting bribes
1951 Nep l becomes a constitutional monarchy
1951 Netherlands Radio School forms
1950 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 35 performances
1947 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin Pa
1947 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone," premieres in New York City
1944 Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested
1944 Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall
1943 1st edition of Dutch resistance newspaper "Trouw"
1943 Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (Chilean gen/dictator) marries Lucia Hiriart
1943 Munich resistance group "White Rose" captured by Nazis
1943 William D. Cox buys Philadelphia Phillies
1942 Japanese troop land on Bali
1939 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
1936 NHL record 32 points scored, New York Americans (28) and Mont Maroons (24)
1932 Japan declares Manchuria Independent
1932 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
1930 Cow flown and milked, milk sealed in paper containers and parachuted
1930 Luigi Pirandello's "Come Tu Mi Vuoi," premieres in Milan
1930 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Simple Simon," premieres in New York City
1930 U.S. astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
1927 1st U.S. radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
1927 U.S. and Canada begin diplomatic relations
1924 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1924 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1923 Belgium: Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages
1922 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball
1922 WOC-AM in Davenport, Iowa begins radio transmissions
1921 British troops occupy Dublin
1919 Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goals
1915 Germany begins a blockade of England
1913 French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" displayed in New York City
1909 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps
1908 1st U.S. postage stamps in rolls issued
1905 Frank Wedekind's "Hidada, oder Sein und Haben," premieres in Munich
1903 Kuyper government launches anti strike laws
1902 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame," premieres in Monte Carlo
1901 H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner
1900 Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam
1900 Battle at Paardeberg, 1,270 British killed/injured
1900 British troops occupy Monte Christo Natal
1899 80 degrees F in San Francisco
1899 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
1899 Stanley Cup: Mont Shamrocks sweep Queens U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
1896 Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for 1st time in 50 yrs
1891 Captain Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan
1885 Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," published
1884 General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum
1884 Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"
1879 Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha
1876 Direct telegraph link established between Britain and New Zealand
1865 Battle of Ft. Moultrie, South Carolina occupied by Federals
1865 Evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina; Sherman's troops burn city
1865 Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft. Anderson, North Carolina
1861 Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Alabama
1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st king of Italy
1857 Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
1856 American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy
1850 California Legislature creates 9 Bay Area counties
1849 1st regular steamboat service to California starts
1841 1st continuous filibuster in U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11
1839 Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)
1834 1st U.S. labor newspaper, "The Man," published, New York City
1828 More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar
1804 1st U.S. land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered
1787 Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Inverness Scotland
1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, South Carolina
1713 French invade under Jacques Cassard on Curacao
1688 Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania
1678 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published
1634 Ferdinand II orders commander Albrecht von Wallenstein, execution
1574 Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
1563 Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots General Francois De Guise
1536 France and Turkey sign milt/trade agreement against King Karel
1503 Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1129 Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II