February 18th

2014
Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 begins as protesters, riot police and unknown shooters take part in violent events in the capital, Kiev, culminating after five days in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.
2014 Ukrainian revolution
2006
American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
Shani Davis
2001
Veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. (Hanssen pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison without parole.).
Louis Freeh
1988
Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anthony Kennedy
1978
Hawaii hosts the first Ironman Triathlon. Contestants have to swim 2.4 miles (3.86 km), bike 112 miles (180.25 km) and complete a marathon run measuring 26.2 miles (42.2 km).
Ironman World Championship
1977
The Space Shuttle takes off on its maiden flight. The “Enterprise” was mounted on a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft; the first free flight took place on August 12, 1977
Space Shuttle Enterprise
1972
The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.
Furman v. Georgia
1970
Five of the Chicago Seven defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national convention. (The convictions were later overturned.).
Chicago Seven
1960
The eighth Winter Olympic Games opened in Squaw Valley, Calif.
1960 Winter Olympics
1954
The first Church of Scientology is established. Despite many controversies, Scientology has gained thousands of members since its inception.
Church of Scientology
1953
'Bwana Devil' the movie that heralded the 3-D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York City.
3D television
1943
The Gestapo arrests German resistance fighter Sophie Scholl and other White Rose activists. 21-year-old student Scholl and her fellow campaigners were executed for having distributed flyers criticizing the Nazi regime.
White Rose
1930
Pluto is discovered. Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered the dwarf planet when sifting through photographs taken a month earlier.
Pluto
1929
The first Academy Awards are announced.
1st Academy Awards
1885
Mark Twain publishes the 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' in the US.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1861
King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes first King of Italy.
King Victor Emmanuel II
1678
John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder.
1564
Michelangelo Buonarotti, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect, died.
Michelangelo
1546
Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, died in Eiselben, Germany.
Martin Luther
1503
Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales.
Henry VII of England