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FEBRUARY 18

Performing Artists
1914 Pee Wee King (Wisconsin-born Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame) Wisconsin Performing Artists Country  Music Hall of Fame Wisconsin Historical Society
1920 Bill Cullen (Pennsylvania-born Television Host) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
Jack Palance (Pennsylvania-born Academy Award-Winning Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Television Film Academy Awards Biography.com
1925 George Kennedy (New York City-born Academy Award-Winning Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film Academy Awards Internet Movie Database
1932 Miloš Forman (Czech-American Film Director, Screenwriter, Actor) Czech Republic Filmmakers Biography.com
1933 Yoko Ono (Japanese Wife of John Lennon) Japan John Lennon The Beatles Popular Music Biography.com
1950 Cybill Shepherd (Tennessee-born Actress) Tennessee Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1952 Juice Newton (Virginia-born Popular Singer) Virginia Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1954 John Travolta (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1957 Vanna White (South Carolina-born Television Hostess) South Carolina Performing Artists Television The Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1960 Greta Scacchi (Italian-American Actress) Italian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1964 Matt Dillon (New York-born Actor) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1968 Molly Ringwald (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
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
1929 The First Academy Awards Are Presented Film The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Historic Firsts History Channel
1939 The World's Fair Opens In San Francisco San Francisco LearnCalifornia
1948 Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's Mister Roberts Makes Its Broadway Debut at the Alvin Theatre New York City Plays Internet Broadway Database
1960 The 8th Winter Olympic Games Open in Squaw Valley, California California 1960 Winter Olympic Games New York Times
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
South African Xhosa Film uCarmen eKhayelitsha Is Selected as the Best Film at the 55th Berlin Film Festival in Germany Berlin, Germany South African Media Film South African History
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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