What Happened on February 18, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • President Zia ur-Rahman's National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Snow falls in Sahara Desert

Famous Birthdays

  • Julia Greville, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia