On February 18:
3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.
1229 The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.
1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
1814 The Battle of Montereau.
1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.
1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
1873 Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski was executed in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
1901 Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.
1906 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician.
1911 The first official flight with air mail took place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
1922 Helen Gurley Brown, American editor, was born.
1929 The first Academy Awards were announced.
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.
1933 Yoko Ono, Japanese-born singer, was born.
1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress, was born.
1936 Jean Auel, American writer, was born.
1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor, was born.
1950 Cybill Shepherd, American actress, was born.
1953 Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), was born.
1954 John Travolta, American actor, was born.
1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California.
1955 Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot “Wasp” was successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons.
1957 Walter Bolton, a Wanganui farmer was the last man to be hanged in New Zealand.
1957 Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi was executed by the British colonial government.
1960 Greta Scacchi, Australian actress, was born.
1965 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1969 The Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 disaster occurred, killing all on board.
1977 The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle was carried on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1979 Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
1982 “Queen of Crime” Dame Ngaio Marsh died.
1983 Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
1991 The IRA exploded bombs in the early morning at both Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
2001 FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union.
2003 Nearly 200 people died in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia