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February 18th - Happy Birthday John Travolta, Molly Ringwald, & Sean Watkins


Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2012. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.

On this date:
In 1229, The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
In 1268, The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
In 1332, Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
In 1478, George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in Eisleben.
In 1564, artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
In 1637, Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
In 1735, the first opera presented in America, "Flora, or Hob in the Well," was performed in present-day Charleston, S.C.
In 1745, The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.
In 1781, Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opened his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).
In 1797, French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
In 1814, Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.
In 1846, Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
In 1861, In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
In 1861, With the Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.
In 1865, Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
In 1873, Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
In 1878, John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
In 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
In 1900, Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.
In 1906, Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
In 1911, The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
In 1913, Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 1930, Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
In 1932, The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
In 1938, During the Nanking Massacre Nanking Safety Zone International Committee renamed "Nanking International Rescue Committee" and safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.
In 1942, World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.
In 1943, The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
In 1943, Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
In 1946, Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutinied in Mumbai harbour, from where it would spread throughout British India and involve 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
In 1953, "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, had its New York opening.
In 1954, The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.
In 1955, Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots of the Teapot series.
In 1957, Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
In 1957, Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
In 1960, the 8th Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1965, The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
In 1969, Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board.
In 1970, the "Chicago Seven" defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).
In 1972, The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 [sign in to see URL] 628 invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
In 1977, The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.
In 1978, The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
In 1979, Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
In 1983, Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
In 1984, Italy and the Vatican signed an accord under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
In 1991, The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
In 2001, FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2001, Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
In 2001, Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
In 2003, Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
In 2004, Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.
In 2007, Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
In 2010, Nigerien rebels attacked the presidential palace in Niamey and replaced President Mamadou Tandja with a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy.

Ten years ago: Andrea Yates went on trial in Houston, charged with two counts of capital murder for the drownings of three of her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years. (Yates was found guilty, but her convictions were overturned; she was acquitted in a retrial by reason of insanity.) France's Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat narrowly won the Olympic ice dancing gold medal.

Five years ago: A military helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing eight U.S. service members; 14 survived with injuries. Twin car bombs blew up in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, killed at least 62 people. A pair of bombs on a train headed from India to Pakistan killed 68 people. Kevin Harvick nosed out Mark Martin in a frantic wreck-filled finish to win the Daytona 500. The West routed the East, 153-132, in the NBA All-Star game.

One year ago: The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal and called for a halt in all settlement building; the 14 other Security Council members voted in favor of the measure.

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Today's Birthdays: Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 90. Actor George Kennedy is 87. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 85. Author Toni Morrison is 81. Movie director Milos Forman is 80. Singer Yoko Ono is 79. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 73. Singer Irma Thomas is 71. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 71. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 65. Actress Sinead Cusack is 64. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 62. Singer Juice Newton is 60. Singer Randy Crawford is 60. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 59. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 59. Actor John Travolta is 58. Game show host Vanna White is 55. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 53. Actress Greta Scacchi is 52. Actor Matt Dillon is 48. Rapper Dr. Dre is 47. Actress Molly Ringwald is 44. Actress Sarah Brown is 37. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 35. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 35. Actor Tyrone Burton is 33. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 32. Actor Shane Lyons is 24. Actress Maiara Walsh is 24.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 18:
1927, Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
1931, Bob St. Clair, American football player
1938, Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player
1939, Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
1944, Pat Bowlen, American sports team owner (Denver Broncos)
1945, Judy Rankin, American golfer
1962, Julie Strain, American actress
1969, Jason Sutter, American drummer (Smash Mouth and American Hi-Fi)
1970, Susan Egan, American actress
1970, Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
1970, Andy Williams, British musician (Doves and Sub Sub)
1970, Jez Williams, British musician (Doves and Sub Sub)
1971, Merritt Gant, American thrash metal guitarist (Overkill)
1971, Constantin Popa, Romanian-born Israeli basketball player
1973, Shawn Estes, American baseball player
1974, Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
1974, Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist
1981, Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
1981, Alex Rios, American baseball player
1983, Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
1985, Chelsea Hobbs, American actress

Born on this day, Feb. 18, passed away:
1516, Queen Mary I of England (d. 1558)
1890, Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
1890, Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
1892, Wendell Willkie, American politician (d. 1944)
1898, Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari (d. 1988)
1914, Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (d. 2000)
1919, Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)
1920, Bill Cullen, American game show host (d. 1990)
1922, Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
1931, Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
1948, Keith Knudsen, American drummer and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2005)
1952, Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (d. 2010)
1958, Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) (d. 1999)

Notable deaths, Feb. 18:
999, Pope Gregory V (b. 972)
1294, Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor (b. 1215)
1405, Tamerlane, Mongol Emperor (b. 1336)
1546, Martin Luther, German religious reformer (b. 1483)
1564, Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (b. 1475)
1654, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
1743, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)
1902, Charles Lewis Tiffany, American founder of Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
1967, J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1904)
1973, Frank Costello, Italian-born gangster (b. 1891)
1977, Andy Devine, American actor (b. 1905)
1978, Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)
1995, Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)
1998, Harry Caray, American baseball broadcaster (b. 1914)
2001, Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1951)
2001, Eddie Mathews, American baseball player (b. 1931)
2006, Richard Bright, American actor (b. 1937)

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Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2013. There are 316 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1913, Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez were arrested during a military coup (both resigned their positions the next day, and both were shot to death on Feb. 22).

One year ago: A funeral service was held for pop star Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a week after her death at age 48. Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching in a funeral procession that turned into one of the largest protests in Damascus since the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad began. Vitali Klitschko's (VIH'-tah-lee KLICH'-kohz) 10th successful defense of his WBC heavyweight title in Munich ended in chaos when challenger Dereck Chisora brawled with former WBA champion David Haye during the post-match news conference.

Today's Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 88. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 86. Author Toni Morrison is 82. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 81. Singer Yoko Ono is 80. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 74. Singer Irma Thomas is 72. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 66. Actress Sinead Cusack is 65. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 63. Singer Juice Newton is 61. Singer Randy Crawford is 61. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 60. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 60. Actor John Travolta is 59. Game show host Vanna White is 56. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 54. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 53. Actor Matt Dillon is 49. Rapper Dr. Dre is 48. Actress Molly Ringwald is 45. Actress Sarah Brown is 38. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 36. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 36. Actor Tyrone Burton is 34. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 33. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 25. Actor Shane Lyons is 25. Actress Maiara Walsh is 25.

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2014. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1564, artist Michelangelo Buonarroti died in Rome, just weeks before his 89th birthday.

Ten years ago: Howard Dean's quest for the presidency ended as the Democrat, winless in 17 contests, abandoned his bid. In Iran, runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derailed, setting off explosions that destroyed five villages and killed at least 200 people.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama launched a $75 billion foreclosure rescue plan aimed at saving homes. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton began a two-day visit to Indonesia. Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, said in a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month that the United States was "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. Pope Benedict XVI received House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican, telling her that Catholic politicians had a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development." The remnants of New York's Shea Stadium were demolished.

One year ago: The European Union imposed trade and economic sanctions on North Korea while condemning "in the strongest terms" the nation's latest nuclear test. Robbers stole a reported $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane at Brussels' international airport; more than 30 people were later detained and some of the loot recovered. President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela after more than two months of treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

Today's Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 89. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 87. Author Toni Morrison is 83. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 82. Singer Yoko Ono is 81. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 75. Singer Irma Thomas is 73. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 73. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 67. Actress Sinead Cusack is 66. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 64. Singer Juice Newton is 62. Singer Randy Crawford is 62. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 61. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 61. Actor John Travolta is 60. Game show host Vanna White is 57. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 55. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 54. Actor Matt Dillon is 50. Rapper Dr. Dre is 49. Actress Molly Ringwald is 46. Actress Sarah Brown is 39. Actor Ike Barinholtz (TV: "The Mindy Project") is 37. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 37. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 37. Actor Tyrone Burton is 35. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 34. Opera singer Isabel Leonard is 32. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 26. Actor Shane Lyons is 26. Actress Maiara Walsh is 26.

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Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2015. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time (after already being published in Britain and Canada).

Ten years ago: Explosions tore through Baghdad and a nearby city on the eve of Shiite Muslims' holiest day, killing three dozen people. Uli Derickson, the flight attendant who'd helped save passengers during the 1985 TWA hijacking, died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 60.

Five years ago: In Austin, Texas, software engineer A. Joseph Stack III crashed his single-engine plane into a building containing IRS offices, killing one person besides himself. President Barack Obama personally welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House, but kept the get-together off camera and low key in an attempt to avoid inflaming tensions with China. In Vancouver, Evan Lysacek became the first U.S. man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988, shocking everyone by upsetting defending champion Evgeni Plushenko.

One year ago: Defiant protesters shouted "Glory to Ukraine!" as burning tents lit up the night sky after thousands of riot police moved against the sprawling protest camp in the center of Kiev. Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, was sentenced in Knoxville, Tenn., to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. (Two other activists received sentences of just over five years.) Maria Franziska von Trapp, 99, the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers of "Sound of Music" fame (and stepdaughter of "the" Maria von Trapp), died in Stowe, Vt.

Today's Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 90. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 88. Author Toni Morrison is 84. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 83. Singer Yoko Ono is 82. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 76. Singer Irma Thomas is 74. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 74. Actress Jess Walton (TV: "The Young and the Restless") is 69. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 68. Actress Sinead Cusack is 67. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 65. Singer Juice Newton is 63. Singer Randy Crawford is 63. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 62. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 62. Actor John Travolta is 61. Actor John Pankow is 60. Game show host Vanna White is 58. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 56. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 55. Actor Matt Dillon is 51. Rock musician Tommy Scott (Space) is 51. Rapper Dr. Dre is 50. Actress Molly Ringwald is 47. Actress Sarah Brown is 40. Actor Ike Barinholtz is 38. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 38. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 38. Actor Tyrone Burton is 36. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 35. Opera singer Isabel Leonard is 33. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 27. Actor Shane Lyons is 27. Actress Maiara Walsh is 27.

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2016. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1516, Mary Tudor, the Queen of England who came to be known as "Bloody Mary" for her persecution of Protestants, was born in Greenwich.

Ten years ago: American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history. A Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament was sworn in. Militants in Nigeria seized nine foreign oil workers, including three Americans (all were released unharmed). Eight workers at a meat processing plant in Nebraska won a record $365 million Powerball jackpot. Character actor Richard Bright ("The Godfather" movies) was struck and killed by a bus in New York; he was 68.

Five years ago: The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal and called for a halt in all settlement building; the 14 other Security Council members voted in favor of the measure.
One year ago: President Barack Obama, hosting a White House summit on countering violent extremism, said Muslims in the U.S. and around the world had a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State were speaking for them.

Today's Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 91. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 89. Author Toni Morrison is 85. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 84. Singer Yoko Ono is 83. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 77. Singer Irma Thomas is 75. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 75. Actress Jess Walton is 70. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 69. Actress Sinead Cusack is 68. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 66. Singer Juice Newton is 64. Singer Randy Crawford is 64. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 63. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 63. Actor John Travolta is 62. Actor John Pankow is 61. Game show host Vanna White is 59. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 57. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 56. Actor Matt Dillon is 52. Rock musician Tommy Scott (Space) is 52. Rapper Dr. Dre is 51. Actress Molly Ringwald is 48. Actress Sarah Brown is 41. Actor Ike Barinholtz is 39. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 39. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 39. Actor Tyrone Burton is 37. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 36. Opera singer Isabel Leonard is 34. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 28. Actor Shane Lyons is 28. Actress Maiara Walsh is 28.

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut "flight" above Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Ten years ago: A military helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing eight U.S. service members; 14 survived with injuries. Twin car bombs blew up in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least 62 people. A pair of bombs on a train headed from India to Pakistan killed 68 people. Kevin Harvick nosed out Mark Martin in a frantic wreck-filled finish to win the Daytona 500. The West routed the East, 153-132, in the NBA All-Star game.

Five years ago: A star-studded funeral service was held for pop singer Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a week after her death at age 48. Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching in a funeral procession that turned into one of the largest protests in Damascus since the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) began. Vitali Klitschko's (VIH'-tah-lee KLICH'-kohz) 10th successful defense of his WBC heavyweight title in Munich ended in chaos when challenger Dereck Chisora brawled with former WBA champion David Haye during the post-match news conference.

One year ago: In what was seen as a criticism of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Pope Francis said that a person who advocated building walls was "not Christian"; Trump quickly retorted it was "disgraceful" to question a person's faith. (A Vatican spokesman said the next day that the pope's comment was not intended as a "personal attack" on the real estate mogul.) Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man had been sold to an anonymous collector for $454,100.

Today's Birthdays — Feb. 18: Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 90. Author Toni Morrison is 86. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 85. Singer Yoko Ono is 84. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 78. Singer Irma Thomas is 76. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 76. Actress Jess Walton is 71. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 70. Actress Sinead Cusack is 69. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 67. Singer Juice Newton is 65. Singer Randy Crawford is 65. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 64. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 64. Actor John Travolta is 63. Actor John Pankow is 62. Game show host Vanna White is 60. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 58. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 57. Actor Matt Dillon is 53. Rock musician Tommy Scott (Space) is 53. Rapper Dr. Dre is 52. Actress Molly Ringwald is 49. Actress Sarah Brown is 42. Country musician Trevor Rosen (Old Dominion) is 42. Actor Ike Barinholtz is 40. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 40. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 40. Actor Tyrone Burton is 38. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 37. Opera singer Isabel Leonard is 35. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 29. Actor Shane Lyons is 29. Actress Sara Sutherland (TV: "Veep") is 29. Actress Maiara Walsh is 29.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2018. There are 316 days left in the year.



Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 18, 1678, the first part of "The Pilgrim's Progress," a Christian allegory by English author John Bunyan, was published in London.

Ten years ago: The Pakistan People's Party of assassinated ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto (BEN'-uh-zeer BOO'-toh) won the most seats in parliamentary elections. A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 38 civilians in southern Afghanistan. Republican John McCain picked up the support of former President George H.W. Bush. Writer Alain Robbe-Grillet died in Caen, France, at age 85.



Five years ago: The European Union imposed trade and economic sanctions on North Korea while condemning "in the strongest terms" the nation's latest nuclear test. Robbers stole a reported $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane at Brussels' international airport; more than 30 people were later detained and some of the loot recovered. President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) returned to Venezuela after more than two months of treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.



One year ago: Four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump led a rally in central Florida that mirrored the months leading up to Election Day, complete with a promise to repeal the health care law, a renewed pledge to build a wall along the [sign in to see URL] border, and insults for the news media. Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died in Katy, Texas, at age 69. Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called "Blind Sheik" convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, died at a federal prison in North Carolina where he was serving a life sentence; he was 78.



Today's Birthdays — Feb. 18: Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 91. Author Toni Morrison is 87. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 86. Singer Yoko Ono is 85. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 79. Singer Irma Thomas is 77. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 77. Actress Jess Walton is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 71. Actress Sinead Cusack is 70. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 68. Singer Randy Crawford is 66. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 65. Actor John Travolta is 64. Actor John Pankow is 63. Game show host Vanna White is 61. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 59. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 58. Actor Matt Dillon is 54. Rock musician Tommy Scott (Space) is 54. Rapper Dr. Dre is 53. Actress Molly Ringwald is 50. Actress Sarah Brown is 43. Country musician Trevor Rosen (Old Dominion) is 43. Actor Ike Barinholtz is 41. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 41. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 41. Actor Tyrone Burton is 39. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 38. Opera singer Isabel Leonard is 36. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 30. Actor Shane Lyons is 30. Actress Sara Sutherland is 30. Actress Maiara Walsh is 30.

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