Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
At least 200 people are reported to have been killed in Iran after rail wagons carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser derailed and exploded. The accident happened near the town of Nishapur in Khorasan province. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3498851.stm
Israel is condemned by the International Committee of the Red Cross for the location of the Israeli West Bank barrier. The aid agency declared that the barrier at its current position was contrary to international humanitarian law and had caused extensive damage to Palestinian land and property and deprived thousands of Palestinians access to water, health care and education. //www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList4/F06BB484D900B227C1256E3E00324D96
Occupation of Iraq: Suicide bombers in two vehicles killed 11 Iraqis and wounded 58 foreign troops and 44 Iraqis near the entrance to a Polish-manned coalition logistics base near the town of Hilla in central Iraq south of Baghdad. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3498577.stm
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Canadian finance minister John Manley brings down a budget, the last and one of those with the most expenditures in the career of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. It uses money from the federal surplus to replace a portion of the amount the Liberals cut from a variety of programs during their mandate, partially funds the implementation of the Romanow report on health care, and increases military spending.
Sunday, February 18, 2001
Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup chion Dale Earnhardt
dies as a consequence of an accident in the last turn of the 2001 Daytona 500.
FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.
During the Daytona 500 race, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, known as The Intimidator for his aggressive driving style, is killed in a crash, and a 18 car wreck happened on lap 173 when Tony Stewart flipped in mid-air causing a major wreck. The race had come to a stop to take a 17 lap break because of the debris scattered on the track. The red flag was out to clean up the mess on the backstretch.
Sunday, February 18, 1996
Monday, February 18, 1991
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs in the early morning, at both Paddington station and Victoria station
Sunday, February 18, 1990
Thursday, February 18, 1982
The Republic of Ireland general election gives a boost to Fianna Fáil.
Sunday, February 18, 1979
Friday, February 18, 1977
Prog 1 of 2000 AD
, is launched (issue dated 26 February 1977).
Friday, February 18, 1972
The California Supreme Court voids the state's death penalty, commuting all death sentences to life in prison.
Wednesday, February 18, 1970
A jury finds the Chicago Seven defendants not guilty of conspiring to incite a riot, in charges stemming from the violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Five of the defendants are found guilty on the lesser charge of crossing state lines to incite a riot.
Saturday, February 18, 1967
Donald Sangster becomes the new Prime Minister of Jamaica, succeeding Alexander Bustamante.
Suharto takes power from Sukarno in Indonesia (see Transition to the New Order and Supersemar).
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison claims he will solve the John F. Kennedy assassination, and that a conspiracy was planned in New Orleans.
Thursday, February 18, 1965
"Ranger 8" crashes into the Moon, after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
Suat Hayri Ürgüplü forms the new (interim) government of Turkey (29th government)
Thursday, February 18, 1960
Monday, February 18, 1952
Emmett Ashford becomes the first African American umpire in organized baseball, by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
Winston Churchill scraps UK compulsory national Identity Cards.
Wednesday, February 18, 1948
Éamon de Valera, Irish head of government since 1932, loses power to an opposition coalition. John A. Costello is appointed Taoiseach by President O'Kelly.
Saturday, February 18, 1911
The first official air mail flight takes place from Allahabad
, India to Naini
, India, when Henri Pequet
carries 6,500 letters a distance of 13 km.
Tuesday, February 18, 1902
U.S. President Roosevelt prosecutes the Northern Securities Company for violation of the Sherman Act.
Thursday, February 18, 1897
Thursday, February 18, 1892
Monday, February 18, 1878
Monday, February 18, 1861
American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America.
Friday, February 18, 1859
French forces under Charles Rigault de Genouilly capture Sai Gon in Vietnam.
Monday, February 18, 1856
The American Party (Know-Nothings) convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.
March ndash Nepalese-Tibetan War: The signing of the Treaty of Thapathali concludes the war.
Wednesday, February 18, 1846
Thursday, February 18, 1841
Saturday, February 18, 1815
Friday, February 18, 1814
Saturday, February 18, 1804
Saturday, February 18, 1797
Spanish Governor José Maria Chacón peacefully surrenders the colony of Trinidad to a British naval force commanded by Sir Ralph Abercromby.
Tuesday, February 18, 1766
Sunday, February 18, 1685
Friday, February 18, 1678
Monday, February 8, 1563 (Julianian calendar)
Francis, Duke of Guise is assassinated while besieging Orléans.
Sunday, February 8, 1512 (Julianian calendar)
War of the League of Cambrai: Sack of Brescia by the French.
Monday, February 9, 1478 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, February 10, 1332 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, February 10, 1329 (Julianian calendar)
Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his caigns in the southern Muslim provinces (possibly in 1332).
Saturday, February 11, 1268 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, February 11, 1229 (Julianian calendar)
Sixth Crusade: Frederick II signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
Saturday, February 11, 1189 (Julianian calendar)