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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, February 18, 2025

Born

  • Queen Mary I of England –
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany (artist) –
  • Toni Morrison (author) –
  • Cybill Shepard (actress) –
  • John Travolta (actor) –
  • Vanna White (game show hostess) –
  • Matt Dillon (actor) –
  • Molly Ringwald (actress) –

Died

  • Harry Caray (sportscaster) –
  • Dale Earnhardt (race car driver) –
  • Wallace Smith Broecker (American geochemist) –

Events

  • Jefferson Davis inaugurated as provisional president of Confederate states–
  • First session of Confederate Congress, Richmond, Virginia–
  • Auguste Bartholdi granted design patent for Statue of Liberty–
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in the U.S.–
  • First coiled postage stamps issued–
  • Planet Pluto discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona–
  • Elm Farm Ollie, a Guernsey, became the first cow to fly in an airplane. On the same trip she also became the first cow milked in flight–
  • First unmanned test flight of space shuttle Enterprise mounted on another aircraft–
  • Hiroyuki Goto recited pi to 42,195 digits–
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian TV network, cancelled Pat Boone’s weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show–
  • Evan Lysacek won the Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating. He became the first U.S. man to win the gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988–
  • Firenado captured on video, Platte County, Missouri–

Weather

  • San Francisco, California, recorded a temperature of 80 degrees F–
  • New England experienced extremely high temperatures, with Boston, Massachusetts at 66, Providence, Rhode Island at 72, and Concord, New Hampshire, at 63 degrees F–
  • An F4 tornado struck Van Wert County in Ohio –
  • Seventy-four degrees, McLean, Virginia–

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