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FEBRUARY 18

Sports Figures
1895 George Gipp (Michigan-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Michigan Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1938 Manny Mota (Dominican Republic Major League Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures ESPN
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1998 Harry Caray (Missouri-born Sportscaster; Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Missouri Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Media
2001 Dale Earnhardt (North Carolina-born Auto Race Driver) Dale Earnhardt Daytona, Florida Auto Racing Daytona 500 History Channel
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1900 Ajax Soccer Team Forms in Amsterdam The Netherlands Soccer Ajax
1911 In Tajikistan, a 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Causes a Landslide That Dams the Bartang River, Creating Sarez Lake, Flooding Villages and Killing 90 People Tajikistan Earthquake Flooding Death USGS
1960 The 8th Winter Olympic Games Open in Squaw Valley, California California 1960 Winter Olympic Games New York Times
1965 In Canada, 26 British Columbia Copper Miners Are Killed in an Avalanche Canada Labor Copper Snow Death History Channel
1973 Richard Petty Wins the Daytona 500 in Front of 103,000 Spectators Daytona Beach, Florida North Carolina Sports Figures Auto Racing Daytona 500 History Channel
1979 Richard Petty Wins the Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida North Carolina Sports Figures Auto Racing Daytona 500 New York Times
2001 Dale Earnhardt Sr. Is Killed in a Crash on the Last Lap of the 43rd Daytona 500 Daytona, Florida Dale Earnhardt Auto Racing Daytona 500 History Channel
2005 A Ban on Hunting Foxes with Dogs Goes into Effect in England and Wales England Wales Fox Dogs Hunting Law BBC
2006 Speed Skater Shani Davis Is First African-American to Win as Individual Gold Medal at a Winter Olympics Chicago Sports Figures Speed Skating 2006 Torino Winter Olympics Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry

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