On This Day

What Happened on February 18

Important Events

  • 1519 Hernán Cortés leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men
  • 1678 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder

Feb 18 in Film & TV

  • 1952 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win

Feb 18 in Music

  • 1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina

Feb 18 in Sport

  • 1981 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21; scores 5 goals and 2 assists in 9-2 Oilers' home win against St. Louis

Did You Know?

US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

On February 18, 1930

Would You Believe?

Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.

On February 18, 1685

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