18 FEBRUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Mary I of England (Bloody Mary), 1516
  • Count Alessandro Volta, 1745
  • Niccolo Paganini, 1784
  • John Ruskin, 1819
  • Sholem Aleichem, 1859
  • Charles M. Schwab, 1862
  • Adolphe Menjou, 1890
  • Wendell Willkie, 1892
  • Enzo Ferrari, 1898
  • Jack Palance, 1920
  • Helen Gurley Brown, 1922
  • George Kennedy, 1927
  • Len Deighton, 1929
  • Gahan Wilson, 1930
  • Toni Morrison, 1931
  • Milos Forman, 1932
  • Yoko Ono Lennon, 1934
  • Cybill Shepherd, 1950
  • Juice Newton, 1952
  • John Travolta, 1954
  • Vanna White, 1957
  • Matt Dillon, 1964
  • Dr. Dre (Andre Young), 1966

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory V, AD 999
  • George, Duke of Clarence murdered, 1478
  • Martin Luther, 1546
  • Michelangelo, 1564
  • Czar Nicholas I of Russia, 1855
  • Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1902
  • Gentleman Jim Corbett, 1933
  • Albert Payson Terhune, 1942
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1967
  • Andy Devine, 1977
  • Eugene Fodor, 1991
  • Pauline Trigere, 2002
  • Johnny Paycheck, 2003

Today's Events:

  • 1504 - 12 year-old future King Henry VIII invested as Prince of Wales.
  • 1516 - Henry VIII's wife Catherine of Aragon gives birth to future Queen Mary.
  • 1678 - 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan published.
  • 1735 - First opera performed in America at Charleston, SC; 'Flora' or 'Hob in the Well.'
  • 1797 - British Navy takes Island of Trinidad; Spanish Governor Chacon surrenders.
  • 1874 - Mussorgsky's opera 'Boris Gudunov' premieres in St. Petersburg.
  • 1885 - 'Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain first published.
  • 1915 - German submarine blockade of Britain.
  • 1930 - Planet Pluto discovered by Clyde William Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff AZ.
  • 1948 - Huge meteorite falls on Norton County, Nebraska.
  • 1948 - 'Mr. Roberts' opens 1157 performance run on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre.
  • 1952 - Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards first presented.
  • 1953 - World's first 3D movie, 'Bwana Devil' opens at Loew's State, NY starring Robert Stack.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Colman of Lindisfarne
  • Flavian of Constantinople

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Gambia (1965)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • PRESIDENT'S DAY 3rd Monday in February observing births of Washington & Lincoln
  • SHROVE TUESDAY (or Fat Tuesday). Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fasnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany and Austria, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S., Street Urchins' Carnival in Denmark & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring and Vernal Fire)
  • HOLA MOHALLA, Sikh Festival celebrated in India
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • MAHA SHIVARATRI, Hindu Festival of the Night of Shiva, celebrated mid-February
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrated all over the world in February
  • SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - first Sunday in February from 2004

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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