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Monday, February 18, 2013
<a href="http://upstart.bizjournals.com/news/wire/2013/02/18/how-we-came-to-celebrate-presidents-day.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have you bought your Happy Presidents Day cards yet?</a>Upstart (blog)More than 130 years ago, Americans observed President George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. But over time, the date and name
February 18 in history:
- 1685, Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas
- 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time
- 1901, Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons
- 1911, the first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away
- 1930, while studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
- 1930, Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft
- 1970, the Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Party national convention. Five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968. (Those convictions were later reversed)
- 1972, the California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life in prison
- 1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle goes on its maiden "flight" while sitting on top of a Boeing 747
- 1979, snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the first and only recorded time in history
- 1983, 13 people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington, said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in American history
- 1998, two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways
- 2001, FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
- 2001, Dale Earnhardt is killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500, which was won by Michael Waltrip, driving in a car that Earnhardt owned. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second
- 2003, nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea