February 18 in History
1860February 18, 1860:
Jefferson Davis is sworn in as the Confederate States of America’s provisional president.
1885February 18, 1885:
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published in the US.
1929February 18, 1929:
The first-ever recipients of the Academy Awards are announced on the back page of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ newsletter.
1960February 18, 1960:
The Latin America Free Trade Association is formed by seven countries.
1979February 18, 1979:
The television miniseries, “Roots: Next Generations” debuts on ABC TV.
1980February 18, 1980:
The Berlin International Film Festival kicks off its 30th edition.
2001February 18, 2001:
Dale Earnhardt Sr., an American stock-car racer sustains fatal injuries from his car crashing during the final lap in the Daytona 500.
2003February 18, 2003:
56-year-old arsonist, Kim Dae-han sets fire to a subway train in Daegu, South Korea, killing 198 people.
2006February 18, 2006:
Shani Davis, the American speed skater, wins a gold medal in the 1,000-metre long-track final at the Winter Olympic Games, making him the first black athlete to earn a Winter Olympic gold medal.
2010February 18, 2010:
The website, WikiLeaks starts releasing secret documents of the US government, which it obtained from Chelsea Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, to the public.