- 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
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