- 1952 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win
- 1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina
- 2001 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures
US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
On February 18, 1930
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