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This day in history

Monday, Feb. 18, is the 49th day of 2013. There are 316 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 88. Author Toni Morrison is 82. Movie director Milos Forman is 81. Singer Yoko Ono is 80. Singer Irma Thomas is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung (Styx) is 66. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 63. Singer Juice Newton is 61. Actor John Travolta is 59. Game show host Vanna White is 56. Actor Matt Dillon is 49. Rapper Dr. Dre is 48. Actress Molly Ringwald is 45. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 33. Actress Maiara Walsh is 25.

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In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.

In 1913, Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez were arrested during a military coup (both resigned their positions the next day, and both were shot to death on Feb. 22).

In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a ‘‘dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh in Flagstaff, Ariz.

In 1970, the ‘‘Chicago Seven’’ defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention

In 2012, A funeral service was held for pop star Whitney Houston in Newark, N.J., a week after her death at age 48.

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