Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2018. There are 316 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight: On Feb. 18, 1678, the first part of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” a Christian allegory by English author John Bunyan, was published in London.
On this date:
In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in Eisleben.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1913, Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez were arrested during a military coup (both were shot to death on Feb. 22).
In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In 1943, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, wife of the Chinese leader, addressed members of the Senate and then the House, becoming the first Chinese national to address both houses of the U.S. Congress.
In 1953, “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, had its New York opening.
In 1968, the Winter Olympic Games closed in Grenoble, France.
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 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut “flight” above Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1988, Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1997, astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery completed their tune-up of the Hubble Space Telescope after 33 hours of spacewalking; the Hubble was then released using the shuttle’s crane.
Today’s birthdays: Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 91. Author Toni Morrison is 87. Movie director Milos Forman is 86. Singer Yoko Ono is 85. Actress Sinead Cusack is 70. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 68. Actor John Travolta is 64. Game show host Vanna White is 61. Actress Greta Scacchi is 58. Actor Matt Dillon is 54. Rapper Dr. Dre is 53. Actress Molly Ringwald is 50. 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.
Thought for today: “The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.” — Robert Penn Warren, American author, poet and critic (1905-1989).
— Associated Press