This day in history

Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the 49th day of 2014. There are 316 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 89. Former US senator John Warner (R-Va.) is 87. Author Toni Morrison is 83. Director Milos Forman is 82. Singer Yoko Ono is 81. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 64. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 61. Actor John Travolta is 60. Game show host Vanna White is 57. Actress Greta Scacchi is 54. Actor Matt Dillon is 50. Rapper Dr. Dre is 49. Actress Molly Ringwald is 46. Singer-musician Regina Spektor is 34.

In 1564, artist Michelangelo Buonarroti died in Rome, just weeks before his 89th birthday.


In 1885, Mark Twain’s ‘‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’’ was first published in this country.

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

In 1970, the ‘‘Chicago Seven’’ defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).

In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr., 49, died in a crash at the Daytona 500.

In 2004, in Iran, runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derailed, setting off explosions that killed at least 200 people.


In 2009, President Obama launched a $75 billion foreclosure rescue plan .