On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1975 Italy broadens abortion law
  • 1977 Space Shuttle Enterprise takes its maiden flight affixed atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier
  • 1979 -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • 1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • 1979 President Zia ur-Rahman's National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • 1979 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • 1980 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canadian elections
  • 1984 Revised concordat between Italy & Vatican signed

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1988 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice

106th US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
106th US Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Kennedy
  • 1988 Federal Road Safety Corps is established in Nigeria
  • 1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York
  • 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 is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 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.
  • 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

KnightedKnighthood

2009 English fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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2010 Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 2013 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia
  • 2013 $50 million worth of diamonds is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium

Historic CommunicationRevolution in Ukraine

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

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Clashes in Kiev, Ukraine during the 2014 revolution
Clashes in Kiev, Ukraine during the 2014 revolution
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  • 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

Pope Pope Francis
Pope
Pope Francis
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Aseman Airlines flight crashes in the Zagros mountains, Iran, killing all 66 on board
  • 2018 Syrian government forces begin a new offensive on Eastern Ghouta in Syria's civil war
  • 2019 British parliamentary committee issues scathing report on Facebook, accusing company of breaking privacy laws, calling for new regulations
  • 2019 Gun battle in Pulwama, Indian-controlled Kashmir, kills nine with Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad held responsible
  • 2019 25-year old murder of a woman solved when police in Minnesota run DNA though a genealogy site and find suspect

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2019 16 US states, including California and New York, band together to sue President Donald Trump over his use of emergency powers to build a border wall.

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020 Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims
  • 2020 Ashraf Ghani declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections five months after the vote, fraud allegations meant recounting
  • 2020 Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis
  • 2020 President Donald Trump commutes the 14-year sentence of former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich's corruption conviction
  • 2021 Facebook blocks users in Australia from accessing news sites in response to proposed new laws for tech companies to pay to show news content
  • 2021 Nearly seven million people required to boil their water in Texas as unusually harsh winter storm in the state continues
  • 2021 NASA Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars in the Jezero Crater on mission to find microfossils
  • 2021 NASA's Perseverance rover successfully lands at Jezero Crater, Mars [1]

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Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 2017 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69