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2016-02-18

This day in history

Doug White

Before I get started on this week’s article I want to convey my condolences to Ricky and Billy Walker (both classmates of mine) and family on the recent passing of Mrs. Ruth Meador. God Bless.

Here are some interesting facts that happened on this day on different years. Here goes!
1791 - Congress passes a law admitting the state of Vermont to the Union, effective 4 March, after that state had existed for 14 years as a de facto independent unrecognized state.
1797 - French Revolutionary Wars; Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invaded Trinidad.
1861- In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
1865 - American Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
1878 - John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, starting the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
1885- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in the United States.
1911- The first official flight with air mail took place from Allahadad, United Provinces, British India. A 23-year-old pilot, Henri Pequet, delivered 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi.) away.
1913 - Pedro Lascurain became President of Mexico for 45 minutes; the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
1930 - Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
1930- Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft. I bet that milk was "heavenly."
1977- The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden flight on top of a Boeing 747.
As so that's the way it was on this date in history.