This day in history (Feb. 18)

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.
1268 – The Livonian Order is defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
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.
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 six warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
1745 – The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Sunanate of Surakarta Hadiningrat.
1766 – A mutiny by captive Malagasy begins at sea on the slave ship Meermin, leading to the ship's destruction on Cape Agulhas in present-day South Africa and the recapture of the instigators.
1781 – Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).
1791 – Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto independent largely unrecognized state.
1797 – French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
1814 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.
1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
1861 – With Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.
1865 – American Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
1873 – Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
1885 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
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.
1906 – Édouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
1911 – The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
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.
1932 – The Empire of Japan declares a puppet state of Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China and installed former Chinese Emperor Aisin Gioro Puyi as Chief Executive of the State.
1938 – Second Sino-Japanese War: During the Nanking Massacre the Nanking Safety Zone International Committee is renamed "Nanking International Rescue Committee" and the safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.
1942 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.
1943 – World War II: The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
1943 – World War II: Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
1946 – Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutiny in Bombay harbour, from where the action spreads throughout the Provinces of British India, involving 78 ships, twenty shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
1947 – First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains.
1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.
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 in the Teapot series.
1957 – Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
1957 – Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
1965 – The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, (6 Cal.3d 628) invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.
1979 – Richard Petty wins a then-record 6th Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash on the final lap of the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag.
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.
1991 – The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
2001 – Sampit conflict: Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, ultimately resulting in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
2003 – Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
2004 – Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Nishapur, Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.
2010 – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.
2013 – Armed robbers steal a haul of diamonds worth $50 million during a raid at Brussels Airport in Belgium.
2014 – At least 76 people are killed and hundreds are injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.
Births[edit]
259 BC – Qin Shi Huang, Chinese emperor (d. 210 BC)
1201 – Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian scientist and writer (d. 1274)
1372 – Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Egyptian jurist and scholar (d. 1448)
1486 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Indian monk and saint (d. 1534)
1516 – Mary I of England (d. 1558)
1530 – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese daimyo (d. 1578)
1543 – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
1547 – Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī, founder of Isfahan School of Islamic Philosophy (d. 1621)
1559 – Isaac Casaubon, Swiss philologist and scholar (d. 1614)
1589 – Henry Vane the Elder, English politician (d. 1655)
1589 – Maarten Gerritsz Vries, Dutch explorer (d. 1646)
1602 – Per Brahe the Younger, Swedish soldier and politician, Governor-General of Finland (d. 1680)
1609 – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1674)
1626 – Francesco Redi, Italian physician (d. 1697)
1632 – Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1692)
1642 – Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)
1658 – Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French philosopher and author (d. 1743)
1732 – Johann Christian Kittel, German organist and composer (d. 1809)
1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, invented the battery (d. 1827)
1814 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)
1817 – Lewis Armistead, American general (d. 1863)
1838 – Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher (d. 1916)
1846 – Wilson Barrett, English actor, playwright, and manager (d. 1904)
1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (d. 1933)
1849 – Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author, playwright, and politician (d. 1906)
1850 – George Henschel, German-English singer-songwriter, pianist, and conductor (d. 1934)
1855 – Jean Jules Jusserand, French historian, author, and diplomat, French Ambassador to the United States (d. 1932)
1860 – Anders Zorn, Swedish artist (d. 1920)
1862 – Charles M. Schwab, American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (d. 1939)
1867 – Hedwig Courths-Mahler, German writer (d. 1950)
1870 – William Laurel Harris, American painter and author (d. 1924)
1871 – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek philosopher, author, and playwright (d. 1957)
1885 – Henri Laurens, French sculptor and illustrator (d. 1954)
1893 – Maksim Haretski, Belarusian prose writer, journalist and activist (d. 1938)
1890 – Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
1890 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
1892 – Wendell Willkie, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 1944)
1896 – Li Linsi, Chinese educator and diplomat (d. 1970)
1898 – Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (d. 1988)
1898 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet and politician, 1st Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (d. 1980)
1899 – Arthur Bryant, English historian and journalist (d. 1985)
1903 – Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (d. 1983)
1905 – Queenie Leonard, English actress (d. 2002)
1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and academic (d. 1980)
1909 – Wallace Stegner, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1993)
1914 – Pee Wee King, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2000)
1915 – Phyllis Calvert, English actress (d. 2002)
1916 – Jean Drapeau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)
1919 – Jack Palance, American boxer and actor (d. 2006)
1920 – Bill Cullen, American game show panelist and host (d. 1990)
1920 – Rolande Falcinelli, French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue. (d. 2006)
1921 – Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (d. 1998)
1921 – Oscar Feltsman, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer (d. 2013)
1922 – Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Grenada (d. 1997)
1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
1922 – Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
1922 – Joe Tipton, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1994)
1922 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player (d. 1995)
1925 – George Kennedy, American actor (d. 2016)
1925 – Halit Kıvanç, Turkish journalist and sportscaster
1926 – A. R. Ammons, American poet and critic (d. 2001)
1926 – Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (d. 1976)
1926 – Len Ford, American football player (d. 1972)
1927 – Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, manager, and scout (d. 2016)
1927 – Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (d. 2005)
1927 – John Warner, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy
1928 – Rex Mossop, Australian rugby player and sportscaster (d. 2011)
1929 – Len Deighton, English historian and author
1929 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 1968)
1931 – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist, co-created The Wizard of Id (d. 2007)
1931 – Toni Morrison, American novelist and editor, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 – Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, Indian-English businessman and philanthropist
1931 – Bob St. Clair, American football player (d. 2015)
1932 – Miloš Forman, Czech-American actor, director, and screenwriter
1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
1933 – Bobby Robson, English footballer and manager (d. 2009)
1933 – Mary Ure, Scottish-English actress (d. 1975)
1934 – Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)
1934 – Audre Lorde, American poet, essayist, memoirist, and activist (d. 1992)
1934 – Paco Rabanne, Spanish-French fashion designer
1936 – Jean M. Auel, American author
1938 – Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
1938 – Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna
1938 – István Szabó, Hungarian director and screenwriter
1939 – Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist and academic (d. 1996)
1939 – Bobby Hart, American singer-songwriter
1939 – Marlos Nobre, Brazilian composer
1940 – Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
1940 – Prue Leith, English restaurateur and journalist
1941 – Herman Santiago, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter
1941 – Irma Thomas, American singer
1943 – Graeme Garden, Scottish comedian, actor, and author
1944 – Pat Bowlen, American businessman
1945 – Judy Rankin, American golfer and sportscaster
1946 – Michael Buerk, English journalist
1947 – Dennis DeYoung, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1947 – Eliot Engel, American educator and politician
1948 – Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
1948 – Bruce Francis, Australian cricketer
1948 – Keith Knudsen, American singer-songwriter and drummer (d. 2005)
1949 – Gary Ridgway, American criminal, Green River Killer
1950 – Cristina Ferrare, American model, actress, author, and television host
1950 – John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)
1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress and singer
1951 – Queen Komal of Nepal
1951 – Isabel Preysler, Filipino-Spanish journalist
1952 – Randy Crawford, American jazz and R&B singer
1952 – Maurice Lucas, American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)
1952 – Juice Newton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1952 – Bernard Valcourt, Canadian lawyer and politician
1953 – Robbie Bachman, Canadian rock drummer
1953 – Derek Pellicci, English-Australian drummer
1954 – Charlie Fowler, American mountaineer, author, and photographer (d. 2006)
1954 – Paul Rendall, English rugby player
1954 – John Travolta, American actor and producer
1955 – Cheetah Chrome, American musician
1955 – Miles Tredinnick, English singer-songwriter and playwright
1956 – Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
1956 – Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian businessman and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Georgia
1957 – Marita Koch, German sprinter
1957 – Vanna White, American model and game show host
1959 – Jayne Atkinson, English-American actress
1959 – James Metzger, American businessman and philanthropist
1960 – Andy Moog, Canadian ice hockey player
1960 – Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress
1963 – Rob Andrew, English rugby player and cricketer
1964 – Matt Dillon, American actor and director
1964 – Paul Hanley, English drummer and songwriter
1965 – Dr. Dre, American rapper, producer, and actor
1966 – Phillip DeFreitas, Dominican-English cricketer
1967 – Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
1967 – Colin Jackson, Welsh sprinter and hurdler
1967 – John Valentin, American baseball player and coach
1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress
1969 – Tomaž Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)
1969 – Alexander Mogilny, Russian-American ice hockey player
1970 – Susan Egan, American actress and singer
1970 – James H. Fowler, American political scientist and author
1970 – Raine Maida, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1970 – Massimo Taibi, Italian footballer
1971 – Thomas Bjorn, Danish golfer
1971 – Merritt Gant, American guitarist
1972 – Fabian Picardo, Gibraltarian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Gibraltar
1973 – Shawn Estes, American baseball player and sportscaster
1973 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer and manager
1974 – Carrie Ann Baade, American painter and academic
1974 – Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
1974 – Radek Černý, Czech footballer
1974 – Ruby Dhalla, Canadian chiropractor and politician
1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmentalist and author
1974 – Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player
1974 – Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer and author
1975 – Gary Neville, English footballer and coach
1976 – Leilani Munter, American race car driver and environmentalist
1976 – Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
1976 – Bernadette Sembrano, Filipino journalist
1977 – Ike Barinholtz, American actor and comedian
1977 – Sean Watkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1977 – Chrissie Wellington, English triathlete
1978 – Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
1979 – Tinu Yohannan, Indian cricketer
1980 – Aivar Anniste, Estonian footballer
1980 – Nik Antropov, Kazakhstani-Canadian ice hockey player
1980 – Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
1981 – Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
1981 – Alex Ríos, American baseball player
1981 – Ivan Sproule, Northern Irish footballer
1981 – Larry Sweeney, American wrestler and manager (d. 2011)
1982 – Juelz Santana, American rapper and actor
1982 – Christian Tiffert, German footballer
1983 – Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
1983 – Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
1984 – Carlos Kameni, Cameroonian footballer
1985 – Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican-American murderer
1985 – Jos van Emden, Dutch cyclist
1986 – Robert DeLong, American singer-songwriter
1986 – Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
1987 – Cristian Tănase, Romanian footballer
1988 – Changmin, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
1990 – Didi Gregorius, Dutch baseball player
1990 – Cody Hodgson, Canadian ice hockey player
1991 – Sebastian Neumann, German footballer
1991 – Henry Surtees, English race car driver (d. 2009)
1994 – Jake Trbojevic, Australian rugby league player
Deaths[edit]
675 – Colmán, bishop of Lindisfarne
814 – Angilbert, Frankish monk and diplomat (b. 760)
901 – Thābit ibn Qurra, Iraqi physician, astronomer, and mathematician (b. 826)
999 – Pope Gregory V (b. 972)
1139 – Yaropolk II of Kiev (b. 1082)
1218 – Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen (b. 1160)
1225 – Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk (b. 1186)
1294 – Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor (b. 1215)
1379 – Albert II, Duke of Mecklenburg (b. 1318)
1397 – Enguerrand VII, Lord of Coucy (b. 1340)
1405 – Timur, Mongol ruler (b. 1336)
1455 – Fra Angelico, Italian priest and painter (b. 1395)
1478 – George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (b. 1449)
1502 – Hedwig Jagiellon, Duchess of Bavaria (b. 1457)
1535 – Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, German magician, astrologer, and theologian (b. 1486)
1546 – Martin Luther, German priest and theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation (b. 1483)
1564 – Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and painter (b. 1475)
1654 – Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French author (b. 1594)
1683 – Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, Dutch painter (b. 1620)
1695 – Sir William Phips, governor of Massachusetts (b. 1650)
1712 – Louis, Dauphin of France, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1682)
1743 – Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)
1748 – Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)
1772 – Count Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff, Danish politician (b. 1712)
1778 – Joseph Marie Terray, French economist and politician, Controller-General of Finances (b. 1715)
1780 – Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian pastor and poet (b. 1714)
1788 – John Whitehurst, English geologist and clockmaker (b. 1713)
1803 – Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, German poet and educator (b. 1719)
1851 – Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician and academic (b. 1804)
1873 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian activist, founded the Internal Revolutionary Organization (b. 1837)
1880 – Nikolay Zinin, Russian organic chemist (b. 1812)
1893 – Serranus Clinton Hastings, American lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Justice of California (b. 1814)
1902 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (b. 1830)
1910 – Lucy Stanton, American activist (b. 1831)
1911 – Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)
1915 – Frank James, American soldier and criminal (b. 1843)
1923 – Alois Rašín, Czech economist and politician (b. 1867)
1931 – Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian, author, and politician (b. 1879)
1931 – Louis Wolheim, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1880)
1933 – James J. Corbett, American boxer and actor (b. 1866)
1938 – David King Udall, American missionary and politician (b. 1851)
1942 – Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (b. 1872)
1945 – Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (b. 1906)
1956 – Gustave Charpentier, French composer (b. 1860)
1957 – Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan rebel leader (b. 1920)
1957 – Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and academic (b. 1877)
1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. (b. 1907)
1966 – Robert Rossen, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1908)
1967 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (b. 1904)
1969 – Dragiša Cvetković, Serbian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1893)
1973 – Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (b. 1891)
1976 – Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (b. 1926)
1977 – Andy Devine, American actor (b. 1905)
1978 – Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)
1981 – Jack Northrop, American engineer and businessman, founded the Northrop Corporation (b. 1895)
1982 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author (b. 1895)
1989 – Mildred Burke, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1915)
1990 – Richard de Zoysa, Sri Lankan journalist (b. 1958)
1993 – Jacqueline Hill, English actress (b. 1929)
1995 – Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (b. 1961)
1995 – Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)
1997 – Emily Hahn, American journalist and author (b. 1905)
1998 – Harry Caray, American sportscaster (b. 1914)
2001 – Balthus, Polish-Swiss painter and illustrator (b. 1908)
2001 – Dale Earnhardt, American stock car racer and team owner
2001 – Eddie Mathews, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1931)
2003 – Isser Harel, Belarusian-Israeli intelligence officer (b. 1912)
2006 – Bill Cowsill, American singer and guitarist (b. 1948)
2008 – Alain Robbe-Grillet, French director, screenwriter, and novelist (b. 1922)
2009 – Tayeb Salih, Sudanese journalist and author (b. 1929)
2009 – Miika Tenkula, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1974)
2010 – John Babcock, Canadian soldier (b. 1900)
2012 – George Brizan, Grenadian politician, 9th Prime Minister of Grenada (b. 1942)
2012 – Elizabeth Connell, South African-English soprano (b. 1946)
2013 – Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)
2013 – Jerry Buss, American chemist and businessman (b. 1933)
2014 – Mavis Gallant, Canadian-French author and playwright (b. 1922)
2014 – Kristof Goddaert, Belgian cyclist (b. 1986)
2014 – Nikhil Baran Sengupta, Indian art director and production designer (b. 1943)
2014 – Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1914)
2015 – Cass Ballenger, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
2015 – Jerome Kersey, American basketball player and coach (b. 1962)
2016 – Abdul Rashid Khan, Indian singer-songwriter (b. 1908)
2016 – Pantelis Pantelidis, Greek singer (b. 1983)
2017 – Ivan Koloff, Canadian wrestler (b. 1942)
2017 – Norma McCorvey, American abortion rights activist; Plaintiff, Roe vs. Wade (b. 1947)
2017 – Clyde Stubblefield, American drummer (b. 1943)
Holidays and observances[edit]
Christian feast day:
Bernadette Soubirous (France)
Colmán of Lindisfarne
Flavian of Constantinople
Geltrude Comensoli
Simeon of Jerusalem (Western Christianity)
February 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Earliest day on which Wife's Day (Konudagur) can fall, while February 24 is the latest; celebrated on Sunday between 18 and 24 February (Iceland)
National Democracy Day, celebrates the 1951 overthrow of the Rana dynasty (Nepal)
Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
Independence Day (Gambia), celebrates the independence of the Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965.
Kurdish Students Union Day (Iraqi Kurdistan)

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