February 18 in Pop Culture History
1856 – The “Know-Nothing Party,” convened in Philadelphia to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration led to the formation of a number of groups to combat “foreign” influences in American society.
1861 – Jefferson Davis became the provisional president of the Confederate States of America. He was ‘provisional’ because he was not elected by the people, but appointed by the Confederate Congress.
1885 – Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time.
1908 – The first US postage stamps in coils were available for the first time in vending machines.
1913 – Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes, the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
1929 – The first Academy Awards were announced in 1929 for 1928’s films.
1931 – A cow named Ollie was milked over St. Louis, MO. Her milk was cartoned and parachuted down.
1930 – Ex-planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh.
1948 – Mister Roberts (Broadway Play) Opened on February 18, 1948 and Closed: January 6, 1951
1950 – #1 Hit February 18, 1950 – March 17, 1950: Red Foley – Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
1954 – The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.
1956 – # 1 Hit February 18, 1956 – February 24, 1956: Kay Starr – Rock And Roll Waltz
1978 – The first Ironman Triathlon competition took place on the island of Oahu and is won by Gordon Haller.
2001 – Race car legend Ralph Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash in the last lap of the Daytona 500 . Richard Petty won the race.