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February 18 – History, Events, Births, Deaths, Holidays and Observances On This Day

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  •  – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman , signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
  •  – The Battle of Wesenberg is fought between the Livonian Order and Dovmont of Pskov.
  •  – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of  begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
  •  – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
  •  – Eighty Years’ War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo- merchant convoy of vessels escorted by six warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
  •  – Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of (present-day Ghana).
  •  – Congress passes a  admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto largely unrecognized state.
  •  – French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
  •  – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.
  •  – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional of the  .
  • 1861 – With Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of .
  •  – Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
  •  – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New .
  •  – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the .
  •  – Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody , the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.
  •  – Édouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
  • – The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British (now ), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6, letters to Naini, about 10 kilometers (6.2 ) away.
  •  – While studying photographs taken in January,  discovers .
  • 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.
  •  – The Empire of  creates the independent state of Manzhouguo (the obsolete name for Manchuria) free from the Republic of  and installed former Chinese Emperor Aisin Gioro Puyi as Chief Executive of the State.
  •  – Second Sino- War: During the Nanking Massacre, the Nanking Safety Zone Committee is renamed “Nanking Rescue Committee”, and the safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.
  •  – : The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in .
  •  – War II: The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
  • 1943 – World War II: Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
  •  – 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
  •  – First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains.
  •  – The first Church of Scientology is established in .
  •  – Operation Teapot: Teapot shot “Wasp” is successfully detonated at the Nevada Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series.
  •  – Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1957 – Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in .
  •  – The Gambia becomes independent from the .
  •  – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the  National Convention.
  • 1 – The  Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, (6 Cal.3d ) invalidates the state’s death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
  •  – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing .
  •  – Richard Petty wins a then-record sixth Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash on the final lap of the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag.
  •  – 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.
  •  – The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
  •  – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the . He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 2001 – Sampit conflict: Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, , ultimately resulting in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
  •  – Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in .
  •  – 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.
  •  – Samjhauta Express bombings occurred around midnight in Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of New Delhi, India.
  •  – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.
  •  – Armed robbers steal a haul of diamonds worth $50 million during a raid at Brussels Airport in Belgium.
  •  – At least 76 people are killed and hundreds are injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.

Births on February 18

  •  – Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian and writer (d. )
  •  – Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Egyptian jurist and scholar (d. )
  •  – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Indian monk and saint (d. )
  •  – Mary I of England (d. )
  •  – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese daimyō (d. )
  •  – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. )
  •  – Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī, founder of Isfahan School of Islamic Philosophy (d. )
  •  – Isaac Casaubon, Swiss philologist and scholar (d. )
  •  – Henry Vane the Elder, politician (d. )
  • 1589 – Maarten Gerritsz Vries, Dutch explorer (d. )
  •  – Per Brahe the Younger, Swedish soldier and politician, - of Finland (d. )
  •  – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. )
  •  – Francesco Redi, Italian physician (d. )
  •  – Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (d. )
  •  – Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. )
  •  – Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French philosopher and author (d. )
  •  – Johann Christian Kittel, organist and composer (d. )
  •  – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist, invented the battery (d. )
  • 1 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)
  •  – Lewis Armistead, American general (d. )
  •  – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian mystic and yogi (d. )
  •  – Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher (d. )
  •  – Wilson Barrett, English , playwright, and manager (d. )
  •  – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American stained glass artist (d. )
  •  – Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author, playwright, and politician (d. 1906)
  •  – George Henschel, German-English singer-songwriter, pianist, and conductor (d. )
  •  – Jean Jules Jusserand, French historian, author, and diplomat, French Ambassador to the United States (d. 1932)
  •  – Anders Zorn, Swedish artist (d. )
  •  – Charles M. Schwab, American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (d. )
  •  – Hedwig Courths-Mahler, German writer (d. )
  •  – William Laurel Harris, American painter and author (d. )
  •  – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. )
  •  – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek philosopher, author, and playwright (d. 1957)
  • 1885 – Henri Laurens, French sculptor and (d. 1954)
  •  – Maksim Haretski, Belarusian prose writer, and activist (d. 1938)
  •  – Edward Arnold, (d. )
  • 1890 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. )
  •  – Wendell Willkie, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. )
  •  – Li Linsi, Chinese educator and diplomat (d. 1970)
  •  – Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (d. )
  • 1898 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet and politician, 1st Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (d. )
  •  – Arthur Bryant, English historian and journalist (d. )
  •  – Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian engineer and politician (d. 1983)
  •  – Queenie Leonard, English actress (d. )
  • 1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and academic (d. 1980)
  •  – Wallace Stegner, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. )
  •  – Pee Wee King, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. )
  •  – Phyllis Calvert, English actress (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Jean Drapeau, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1)
  •  – Jack Palance, American boxer and actor (d. )
  • 1920 – Bill Cullen, American game show panelist and host (d. )
  • 1920 – Rolande Falcinelli, French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue (d. 2006)
  •  – Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (d. )
  • 1921 – Oscar Feltsman, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer (d. 2013)
  •  – Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Grenada (d. )
  • 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (d. )
  • 1922 – Allan Melvin, American actor (d. )
  •  – George Kennedy, American actor (d. )
  • 1925 – Halit Kıvanç, Turkish journalist and sportscaster
  • 1925 – Ghafar Baba, politician (d. 2006)
  •  – Wallace Berman, American painter and illustrator (d. )
  •  – Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, manager, and scout (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani (d. )
  • 1927 – John Warner, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy
  •  – Rex Mossop, Australian rugby player and sportscaster (d. )
  •  – Len Deighton, English historian and author
  • 1929 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 1968)
  •  – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist, co-created The Wizard of Id (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Toni Morrison, American novelist and editor,  laureate (d. ).
  • 1931 – Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, Indian-English businessman and philanthropist
  • 1931 – John Ryden, Scottish footballer, centre half (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Bob St. Clair, American football player (d. )
  • 1932 – Miloš Forman, Czech-American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. )
  • 1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese-American multimedia artist and musician
  • 1933 – Bobby Robson, English international footballer, inside forward and international manager (d. )
  • 1933 – Mary Ure, Scottish-English actress (d. )
  • 1934 – Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)
  • 1934 – Dave Dunmore, , centre forward
  • 1934 – Audre Lorde, American poet, essayist, memoirist, and activist (d. )
  • 1934 – Paco Rabanne, Spanish-French fashion designer
  •  – Jean M. Auel, American author
  • 1938 – Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1938 – Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna (d. )
  • 1938 – István Szabó, Hungarian director and screenwriter
  • 1939 – Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist and academic (d. )
  • 1939 – Bobby Hart, American singer-songwriter
  • 1939 – Marlos Nobre, Brazilian composer
  •  – Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. )
  • 1940 – Prue Leith, English restaurateur and journalist
  •  – 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 (d. 2019)
  •  – 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)
  •  – Gary Ridgway, American criminal, Green River Killer
  • 1950 – Nana Amba Eyiaba I, Ghanaian queen mother and advocate
  • 1950 – Cristina Ferrare, American model, actress, author, and television host
  • 1950 – John Hughes, American director, , and screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress and singer
  •  – Queen Komal of Nepal
  • 1951 – Isabel Preysler, Filipino-Spanish journalist
  •  – 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
  •  – 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
  • 1955 – Lisa See, American writer and novelist
  • 1956 – Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1956 – Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian businessman and politician, 10th Prime Minister of
  • 1957 – Marita Koch, German sprinter
  • 1957 – Vanna White, American model and game show host
  •  – Jayne Atkinson, English-American actress
  • 1959 – James Metzger, American businessman and philanthropist
  •  – Andy Moog, Canadian ice player
  • 1960 – Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress
  • 1963 – Rob Andrew, English rugby player and cricketer
  •  – Matt Dillon, American actor and director
  • 1964 – Paul Hanley, English drummer and songwriter
  • 1965 – Dr. Dre, , producer, and actor
  •  – Phillip DeFreitas, Dominican-English cricketer
  •  – Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
  • 1967 – Colin Jackson, Welsh sprinter and hurdler
  • 1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress
  •  – 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
  •  – Thomas Bjorn, Danish golfer
  • 1971 – Merritt Gant, American guitarist
  •  – Fabian Picardo, Gibraltarian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Gibraltar
  •  – Shawn Estes, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer and manager
  •  – Carrie Ann Baade, American painter and academic
  • 1974 – Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Radek Černý, Czech international footballer, goalkeeper
  • 1974 – Ruby Dhalla, Canadian chiropractor and politician
  • 1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmentalist and author
  • 1974 – Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian 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
  •  – 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
  •  – Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
  • 1981 – Alex Ríos, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Ivan Sproule, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981 – Larry Sweeney, and manager (d. 2011)
  •  – Juelz Santana, American rapper and actor
  • 1982 – Christian Tiffert, German footballer
  • 1983 – Jermaine Jenas, English international footballer, midfielder, pundit
  •  – Carlos Kameni, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1985 – Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
  • 1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican-American murderer
  • 1985 – Jos van Emden, Dutch cyclist
  •  – Robert DeLong, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
  •  – Cristian Tănase, Romanian footballer
  • 1988 – Changmin, South 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)
  •  – Jake Trbojevic, Australian rugby league player
  • 1994 – J-Hope, South Korean rapper, dancer, singer-songwriter

Deaths on February 18

  •  – Colmán, bishop of Lindisfarne
  • 814 – Angilbert, monk and diplomat (b. )
  •  – Thābit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and physician (b. )
  • 999 – Gregory V, pope of the (b. 972)
  •  – Yaropolk II, Grand Prince of Kiev (b. )
  •  – Berthold V, duke of Zähringen (b. )
  •  – Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk, Norman nobleman
  •  – Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor (b. )
  •  – Albert II, duke of Mecklenburg (b. )
  •  – Enguerrand VII, French nobleman (b. )
  •  – Timur, Turco-Mongol ruler (b. )
  •  – Fra Angelico, Italian priest and painter (b. )
  • 1478 – George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, English nobleman (b. )
  •  – Hedwig Jagiellon, duchess of (b. )
  •  – Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, German magician, astrologer, and theologian (b. 1486)
  •  – , German priest and theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation (b. )
  • 1564 – Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and painter (b. )
  •  – Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French author (b. )
  • 1658 – John Villiers, 1st Viscount Purbeck, English courtier (b. c. )
  •  – Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, (b. )
  •  – William Phips, governor of Massachusetts (b. )
  •  – Louis, Dauphin of , (b. )
  • 1743 – Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, Italian noble (b. )
  •  – Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. )
  •  – Count Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff, Danish politician (b. 1712)
  •  – Joseph Marie Terray, French economist and politician, Controller-General of Finances (b. )
  •  – Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian pastor and poet (b. )
  •  – John Whitehurst, English geologist and clockmaker (b. )
  •  – Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, German poet and educator (b. )
  •  – Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician and academic (b. )
  • 1873 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian activist, founded the Internal Revolutionary Organization (b. )
  •  – Nikolay Zinin, Russian organic chemist (b. )
  • 1893 – Serranus Clinton Hastings, American lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Justice of California (b. 1814)
  •  – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American businessman, founded Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
  • 1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (b. )
  •  – Lucy Stanton, American activist (b. )
  • 1911 – Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (b. )
  • 1915 – Frank James, American soldier and criminal (b. )
  •  – Alois Rašín, Czech economist and politician (b. 1867)
  • 1931 – Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian, author, and politician (b. )
  • 1931 – Louis Wolheim, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1933 – James J. Corbett, American boxer and actor (b. )
  • 1938 – David King Udall, American missionary and politician (b. 1851)
  • 1942 – Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (b. )
  • 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. )
  • 1960 – Gertrude Vanderbilt, American stage actress (b. c. 1885)
  • 1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. (b. )
  • 1966 – Robert Rossen, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. )
  • 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. )
  • 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. )
  • 1982 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author (b. 1895)
  •  – Mildred Burke, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Richard de Zoysa, Sri Lankan journalist (b. )
  • 1993 – Jacqueline Hill, English actress (b. 1929)
  •  – Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (b. )
  • 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 (b. 1951)
  • 2001 – Eddie Mathews, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1931)
  • 2003 – Isser Harel, Belarusian-Israeli intelligence officer (b. )
  • 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 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. )
  • 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 v. Wade (b. 1947)
  • 2017 – Clyde Stubblefield, American drummer (b. 1943)
  • 2019 – Alessandro Mendini, Italian designer and architect (b.1931)

Holidays and observances on February 18

  • Christian feast day:
    • Bernadette Soubirous (France)
    • Colmán of Lindisfarne
    • Flavian of Constantinople
    • Geltrude Comensoli
    • Simeon of Jerusalem (Western )
    • February 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965.
  • Kurdish Students Union Day (Iraqi Kurdistan)
  • National Democracy Day, celebrates the 1951 overthrow of the Rana dynasty (Nepal)
  • Wife’s Day (Konudagur) (Iceland)
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