Today in History: February 18. What Happened This Day In History

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February 18

1478   George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London.
1688   Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the fist formal antislavery resolution in America.
1813   Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army.
1861   Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy.
1861   Jefferson F. Davis is inaugurated as the Confederacy’s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala.
1865   Union troops force the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
1878   The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid’s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.
1885   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.
1907   600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
1920   Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert.
1932   Manchurian independence is formally declared.
1935   Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.
1939   The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.
1943   German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.
1944   The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1945   U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.
1954   East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.
1962   Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated.
1964   The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.
1967   The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.
1968   Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.
1972   The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.
1974   Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.
1982   Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.

Born on February 18

1516   Queen Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants.
1795   George Peabody, U.S. merchant and philanthropist.
1848   Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassware artist and designer.
1859   Shalom Aleichem, Yiddish author.
1862   Charles M. Schwab, "Boy Wonder" of the steel industry. President of both U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel.
1892   Wendell Wilke, Presidential candidate against President Franklin Roosevelt.
1909   Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Angle of Repose).
1922   Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.
1929   Len Deighton, English spy writer (The Ipcress File).
1931   Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Bluest Eye, Beloved).
1934   Audre Lord, poet.