Today in History for 18th February 2019

Historical Events

1900 – Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam
1908 – 1st US postage stamps in rolls issued
1951 – Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy
1968 – X Winter Olympic Games close in Grenoble, France
1990 – 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
2009 – The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession

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Famous Birthdays

1924 – Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
1943 – Graeme Garden, Scottish writer (The Goodies), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
1952 – Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Virginia
1953 – Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)
1964 – Matt Dillon, actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
1966 – Kris King, Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)

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Famous Deaths

1745 – Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, dies at 67
1829 – Jan Krtitel Kuchar, composer, dies at 77
1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, dies at 75
1949 – Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
1995 – Robert “Bob” Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), dies of organ failure at 35
1996 – Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48

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