On This Day in History for February 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

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1970 US president Richard Nixon launches the "Nixon doctrine"

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1972 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • 1972 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • 1973 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash
  • 1973 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • 1973 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (157.205 MPH)
  • 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
  • 1975 Italy broadens abortion law
  • 1977 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
  • 1977 Kiss play their first concert in Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • 1979 -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • 1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • 1979 Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • 1979 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • 1979 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • 1980 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • 1980 30th Berlin International Film Festival: "Heartland" and "Palermo or Wolfsburg" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1983 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1984 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed
  • 1988 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 1990 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • 1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY
  • 1994 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)
  • 1996 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.308 MPH)
  • 1998 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
  • 2000 Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia.

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2001 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 2001 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
  • 2001 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
  • 2003 Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.
  • 2003 Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
  • 2004 Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.
  • 2007 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • 2009 The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession
  • 2013 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia
  • 2013 $50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium
  • 2014 Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 begins as protesters, riot police and unknown shooters take part in violent events in the capital, Kiev, culminating after five days in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych
  • 2014 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand

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2016 Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump

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