On This Day in History, February 18

If you are looking for historical reads, check out the highlighted events of February 18 to learn what happened on this day in history.

Let’s explore!

  • 1922 – Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigned his federal judgeship to give full attention to his job as Major League Baseball Commissioner.
  • 1924 – US Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby resigned due to Teapot Dome scandal.
  • 1928 – Sonja Henie of Norway won the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games.
  • 1951 – Great Britain had held the Russians accountable for using excessive force, rebellious actions, and various aggressive tactics to prevent peace.
  • 1965 – Church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot during a peaceful march in Marion, Alabama.
  • 1970 – US President Richard Nixon launched the “Nixon doctrine”.
  • 1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting the syndicated “Mike Douglas Show”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1981 – 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky became the first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21.
  • 1986 – Anti-smoking ad aired for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner.
  • 1988 – Anthony Kennedy, was sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
  • 2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union.
  • 2004 – Greg Maddux signed again with the Chicago Cubs.
  • 2005 – Fox hunting with dogs became illegal in England.
  • 2007 – The U.S. and Israel threatened to stop working with the new Palestinian unity government unless it recognized Israel.
  • 2009 – General Motors had plans to ax 47,000 jobs around the world.
  • 2009 – The Union Bank of Switzerland, admitted to helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the I.R.S, and agreed to pay $780 million in fines and restitution.
  • 2009 – The Pittsburgh couple that filed a legal claim at Google’s Street View for violating their privacy had their case thrown out by a federal judge.
  • 2010– The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog raised concerns that Iran might be developing a nuclear warhead for its missiles.
  • 2013– Bibliothèque Nationale de France purchased the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova for €7 million.
  • 2013– Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, was re-elected for his third term.

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