ON THIS DAY: February 18, 2017

February 18th is


Battery Day *

Crab Stuffed Flounder Day


Drink Wine Day

Pluto Day *

World Pangolin Day

MORE! Alessandro Volta, Toni Morrison and Ray Charles, click



Japan –Okayama:international Flags
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsui
(Shinto semi-naked ‘lucky man’ contest)

Netherlands – Utrecht:
A State of Trance Festival

New Zealand – Henderson:
Raggamuffin Music Festival

On This Day in HISTORY

1229 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, had married Yolande of Jerusalem, daughter of John of Brienne, nominal ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1225, giving him a claim to the truncated kingdom; the ‘Sixth Crusade’ is a diplomatic mission, and on this date he signs a 10-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy

1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London

1516 – Mary Tudor born, would be Queen Mary 1, “Bloody” Mary, of England

1745 – Alessandro Volta born, Italian physicist and inventor; Battery Day *


1791 – Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective March 4, 1791; Vermont was a de facto independent but unrecognized state for 14 years

1830 – Pluto Day * Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers photographic evidence of Pluto at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff AZ

1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany born, Tiffany & Co, American craftsman- designer; made significant advancements in the art of glassmaking

1851 – Ida Husted Harper born, American author, educator, journalist and suffragist

1857 – Max Klinger born, German symbolist painter, sculptor, and writer; Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove series

1861 – Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery,  Alabama

1871 – Harry Brearley is born, English metallurgist who invented stainless steel (1912)

1885 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the U.S., two months after its debut in Canada and the U.K. 


1892 – Wendell Willkie born, American Republican presidential candidate


1898 – Enzo Ferrari born, Italian automobile manufacturer- designer- race-car driver


1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, but it is so large, he has to mount the machine on a horse-drawn carriage, with a long hose to reach inside a house

1909 – Wallace Stegner born, American author-environmentalist-historian, “Dean of Western Writers” won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Angle of Repose;  1977  National Book Award for Fiction, The Spectator Bird


1918 – Jane Loevinger born, American psychologist, pioneer in ego development theory and women’s psychological issues

1922 – Helen Gurley Brown born, American author, publisher and businesswoman, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine

1929 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Academy Awards; Oscars to Best Actress: Janet Gaynor, Best Actor: Emil Jannings, and Best Film: Wings

1931 – Toni Morrison born, American author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor

1934 – Audre Lorde born, American poet-author and activist


1940 – Fabrizio De André born, Italian singer-songwriter-guitarist

1941 – Irma Thomas born, American singer-songwriter, “The Soul Queen of New Orleans”

1947 – Dennis DeYoung born, American musician-songwriter, Styx

1952 – Greece and Turkey become members of NATO

1959 – Ray Charles records “What’d I Say”

1964 – “Any Wednesday” opens at NYC’s Music Box Theatre; Gene Hackman gets noticed

1970 – Five of the Chicago Seven defendants found guilty of intent to incite a riot at 1968’s Democratic national convention; their convictions are later overturned

1972 – The California Supreme Court strikes down the state’s death penalty in People v. Anderson; overruled by Proposition 17 in the same year

1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden “flight” atop a Boeing 747

1987 – Girl Scout executives decide to change the scout uniform color from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue

1988 – Anthony M. Kennedy is sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


1998 – In Russia, money shortages result in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons

2000 – The U.S. Commerce Department reports a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999, the largest calendar-year trade gap in U.S. history.

2001 – FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen is arrested, accused of spying for Russia for over 15 years; later pleads guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole

2006 – A Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament is sworn in

2010 – A Census Bureau report shows the median age at first marriage in 2010 is 28.7 years for men and 26.5 years for women



  • Crab-stuffed flounder
  • Pangolin Day poster
  • International flags
  • Alessandro Volta and his battery
  • Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove series: Abduction by Max Klinger
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, first page
  • Wendell Willkie. liberties quote
  • Enzo Ferrari, aerodynamics quote
  • Wallace Stegner, wilderness preservation quote
  • Audre Lorde, issues quote
  • Anthony M. Kennedy, Constitution quote
  • First-time Marriage median age chart


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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: February 18, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Wendell Wilkie,

    I had forgotten about his words. Though, I do not think I would not have liked his presidency. I think there are valuable insights in the quotes that I have read. I think Trump should read and implement these.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Russell –

      FDR was definitely the right man for the job, but I thought the Wilkie quote shows have far to the right the Republicans have shifted in the last 30 years. Wilkie had been a Democrat until 1939, then switched parties to run against FDR, but I can’t imagine someone like him having any chance of being the Republican candidate for President now.

      As for Trump reading and implementing the quotes in today’s edition of OTD, the first question is, can he read well enough to understand them? And the second question is, does he have the capacity to care about anything besides himself? I’m afraid the answers are a double negative.

      • websterisback says:

        I don’t think that Trump could understand the use of Double Negatives or use them as well as Jane Austen.

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