February

February 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 18

February 18th is officially Pluto Day & Drink Wine Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 49th day of the year! We still have 316 days left of this year.

People who were born on February 18 share the Aquarius zodiac sign.

From discoveries on land and in space to major changes in US law this day is a very special day indeed.

Did you know that on this day in 1954, the Church of Scientology was officially incorporated in Los Angeles? It has gone on to spread throughout the world, generating much debate along the way.

Keep reading for more facts about February 18th in history!

What Happened On February 18 In History?

2009

Queen Elizabeth II knighted English fantasy author, Terry Pratchett.

After the ceremony, Pratchett said: "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood. You know, for two pins I'd get myself a horse and a sword."
1998

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli started his career in the production of “La bohème” in Cagliari.

1986

Actor Yul Brynner starred in an anti-smoking ad campaign while dying of smoking-related lung cancer.

Source NY Times
1979

The Sahara Desert temperature dropped so low that some areas became covered in snow.

1978

The first Ironman Triathlon was held in Kona, Hawaii, USA.

Participants endured a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon!
Source Steemit
1972

Capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in California, USA.

The California Supreme Court voted 6-1 against the death penalty making it illegal in the state.
Source NY Times
1954

The first official Church of Scientology opened in Los Angeles, California, USA.

OTD in 1954: The first official Church of Scientology opened in Los Angeles
1930

American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto.

OTD in 1930: American astronomer
The discovery was made at the Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
1901

Winston Churchill gave his first speech in the British House of Commons.

1503

Henry VIII, known then as Henry Tudor, established the title “The Prince of Wales”.

Did you know that on this day, February 18th 1954, the Church of Scientology was officially incorporated in Los Angeles?