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Today In History - February 18

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Today in History in 1503 Henry Tudor created the Prince of Wales; in 1885 “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published by Mark Twain; and in 1929 the first Academy Awards were announced.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1503 - Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 1678 - John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder
  • 1861 - King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st King of Italy
  • 1885 - Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
  • 1929 - The first Academy Awards are announced.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1516 - Mary I Tudor, [Bloody Mary], Greenwich, queen of England (1553-58)
  • 1745 - Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, born in Como, Italy (d. 1827)
  • 1857 - Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor
  • 1920 - Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • 1920 - Jack Palance, [Walter Palanuik], Lattimer Pa, actor (City Slickers)
  • 1921 - Barbara Hale, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
  • 1922 - Helen Gurley Brown, Portland Maine, US author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, (d. 2012)
  • 1933 - Yoko Ono Lennon, [Mrs John Lennon], Tokyo Japan, singer and artist
  • 1950 - Cybill Shepherd, Memphis Tn, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show)
  • 1954 - John Travolta, Englewood NJ, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Pulp Fiction)
  • 1957 - Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)
  • 1968 - Molly Ringwald, Roseville California, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 - Football player George Halas (27) weds Minnie Bushing
  • 1937 - Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona
  • 1940 - Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd
  • 1943 - Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (Chilean gen/dictator) marries Lucia Hiriart
  • 1946 - MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (35) weds heiress Caral Gimbel in Sea Island, Georgia

Famous Deaths

  • 1546 - Martin Luther, biblical scholar/religious reformer, dies at 62
  • 1564 - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian sculptor/painter (David), dies at 88
  • 1587 - Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
  • 1957 - Joseph Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49
  • 1967 - Robert Oppenheimer, creator of atomic bomb, dies of throat cancer at 62
  • 1998 - Harry Caray, sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77
  • 2001 - Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)

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