On This Day In History, 18 February

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World Events Today

  • The Old West conflict, the Lincoln County War, started today in 1878, with the murder of John Tunstall
  • The future Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, made his maiden speech in the British House of Commons today in 1901
  • The Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom today in 1965

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel written by Mark Twain, was published today in 1885 in the United States
  • Roots, The Next Generations, the sequel to the 1977 hit Roots Miniseries, was first aired today in 1979 on the ABC network
  • The Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, made his operatic debut today in 1998, he played Rodolfo in a production of La bohème at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

Family Events Today

  • The Italian sculptor, painter and architect, Michelangelo, mastermind of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, died today in 1564 aged 88
  • Yoko Ono, the wife of the Beatles legend John Lennon, was born today in 1933 in Tokyo, Japan
  • The American actor John Travolta, star of the hit movie Grease, was born today in 1954 in New Jersey

Main Event Today

  • The icy dwarf planet Pluto was discovered today in 1930

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Drink Wine Day

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