Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2013. There are 316 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1913, Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez were arrested during a military coup (both resigned their positions the next day, and both were shot to death on Feb. 22).
On this date:
In 1735, the first opera presented in America, "Flora, or Hob in the Well," was performed in present-day Charleston, S.C.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
In 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 1943, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the wife of the Chinese leader, addressed members of the Senate and then the House, becoming the first Chinese national to address both houses of the U.S. Congress.
In 1953, "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, had its New York opening.
In 1960, the 8th Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1970, the "Chicago Seven" defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).
In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut "flight" above the Mojave (moh-HAH'-vee) Desert.
In 1983, 13 people were shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown in what became known as the Wah Mee Massacre. (Two men were convicted of the killings and are serving life sentences; a third was found guilty of robbery and assault.)
In 1988, Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.
Ten years ago: Declaring that America's security should not be dictated by protesters, President George W. Bush said he would not be swayed from compelling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm. An arson attack involving two South Korean subway trains in the city of Daegu claimed 198 lives. (The arsonist was sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2004.) Country singer Johnny PayCheck died in Nashville at age 64.
Five years ago: The Pakistan People's Party of assassinated ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto (BEN'-uh-zeer BOO'-toh) won the most seats in parliamentary elections. A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 38 civilians in southern Afghanistan. Republican John McCain picked up the support of former President George H.W. Bush. Andy Pettitte apologized to the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and his fans for the "embarrassment" he'd caused them by taking human growth hormone. Writer Alain Robbe-Grillet died in Caen, France, at age 85.
One year ago: A funeral service was held for pop star Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a week after her death at age 48. Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching in a funeral procession that turned into one of the largest protests in Damascus since the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad began. Vitali Klitschko's (VIH'-tah-lee KLICH'-kohz) 10th successful defense of his WBC heavyweight title in Munich ended in chaos when challenger Dereck Chisora brawled with former WBA champion David Haye during the post-match news conference.
Today's Birthdays: Actor George Kennedy is 88. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 86. Author Toni Morrison is 82. Movie director Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman is 81. Singer Yoko Ono is 80. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 74. Singer Irma Thomas is 72. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 66. Actress Sinead Cusack is 65. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 63. Singer Juice Newton is 61. Singer Randy Crawford is 61. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 60. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 60. Actor John Travolta is 59. Game show host Vanna White is 56. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 54. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH'-kee) is 53. Actor Matt Dillon is 49. Rapper Dr. Dre is 48. Actress Molly Ringwald is 45. Actress Sarah Brown is 38. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 36. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 36. Actor Tyrone Burton is 34. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 33. Roots rock musician Zac Cockrell (Alabama Shakes) is 25. Actor Shane Lyons is 25. Actress Maiara Walsh is 25.
Thought for Today: "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion." — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831).
(Above Advance for Use Monday, Feb. 18)
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