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18 February

999 – Rome – Pope Gregory V died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_V

1268 – Estonia – Battle of Wesenberg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wesenberg_(1268)

1478 – England – George, Duke of Clarence executed at the Tower of London for treason. http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/clarence.htm

1745 – Indonesia – Surakarta, Java founded. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surakarta


1766 – Africa – Mutiny on the slave ship Meermin. https://youtu.be/KGmRR7ykyM4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meermin_slave_mutiny

1797 – Trinidad – Invasion of Trinidad (French Revolutionary Wars). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Trinidad_(1797)

1814 – France – Battle of Montereau (Napoleonic Wars). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Montereau

1861 – Italy – Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sarinia, assumed title of king. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Emmanuel_II_of_Italy


1865 – USA – Burning of Columbia ended (American Civil War). https://youtu.be/2_rVsIrW2JI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia,_South_Carolina_in_the_American_Civil_War

1878 – New Mexico – Lincoln County War began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County_War

1900 – South Africa – Battle of Paardeberg began (Second Boer War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paardeberg

1911 – Province of British India – First official Air Mail Flight, pilot Henri Pequet. http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1d_india_air_mail.html

1911 – Tajikistan – Earthquake measuring 7.4Mw, epicentre in Sarez, 90 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1911_Sarez_earthquake

1913 – Mexico – Pedro Lascuráin became President for 45 minutes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Lascur%C3%A1in

1944 – USA – USAAF plane crashed at American River Canyon, CA, 2 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440218-2

1946 – Province of British India –Royal Indian Navy Mutiny began. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Indian_Navy_Mutiny

1947 – French Indochina – Battle of Hanoi ended (First Indochina War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hanoi

1951 – Sweden – RAF plane crashed near Stockholm-Bromma Airport, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19510218-0

1952 – Greece/Turkey – Joined NATO.

1954 – USA – First Church of Scientology founded in Los Angeles, California. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology

1955 – USA – Operation Teapot began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Teapot

1956 – Malta – Scottish Airlines plane crashed near Luqa Airport, 50 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19560218-0

1957 – New Zealand – Walter James Bolton, last person to be legally executed. http://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/bolton-walter-james.htm

1960 – USA – VIII Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Squaw Valley. http://www.olympic.org/squaw-valley-1960-winter-olympics

1968 – France – X Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Grenoble. http://www.olympic.org/grenoble-1968-winter-olympics

1969 – USA – Hawthorne Navada Airlines Flight 708 crashed near Lone Pine, California, 35 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19690218-1

1979 – Algeria – Snow fell in Sahara Desert.

1983 – USA – Wah Mee Massacre, 13 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah_Mee_massacre

1991 – UK – IRA exploded bombs at Paddington and Victoria Stations, London. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/1991/feb/19/northernireland.duncancampbell

2003 – South Korea – Fire at Daegu subway, 200 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/2774203.stm  http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dae-han-kim.htm

2004 – Iran – Runaway freight train exploded, 295 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3499947.stm

2007 – India – Bombs exploded on Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, 68 killed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2101162/Samjhauta-Express-bomber-admits-planting-explosive-killed-68-passengers-train.html

2009 – Kermadec Islands – Earthquake measuring 7.0Mw.

2014 – Ukraine – Ukraine Revolution began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Ukrainian_revolution