Lost and Found – February 18th Edition

What to remember about February 18th…

  • 1856  The American Party, also called the “Know-Nothing Party” hold 1st convention in Philadelphia to nominate presidential candidate
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis in inaugurated provisional President of the Confederacy; he will be 1st and last to hold that office
  • 1885  Samuel Clemens writing as Mark Twain publishes his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1929  1st winners of the Academy Awards are announced; without ceremony the list is published in newsletter and page 7 of Variety
  • 1930  American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers the dwarf planet Pluto using new techniques at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
  • 1942  Japanese forces begin systematic extermination of “undesirable elements” in recently captured Singapore; tens-of-thousands killed
  • 1977  NASA test vehicle Space Shuttle Enterprise makes maiden “piggy back” flight atop converted Boeing 747
  • 2001  FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for selling secrets to Russia and the Soviet Union over 22 years; he was paid 1.4 million in cash and diamonds; guilty plea results in life in prison with no possibility of parole
  • 2001  Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies in crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 2010  President Obama meets with Dalai Lama at the White House to send strong message to China over human rights – see photo below

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