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This Day in History for February 18

1879 – Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for the Statue of Liberty.

1885 – Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US.

1901 – H. Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner.

1909 – Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at age 41, to Cleveland Naps.

1922 – Kennesaw Mountain Landis resigns his federal judgeship to give full attention to job as Major League Baseball Commissioner.

1930 – Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart’s “Simple Simon” premieres in NYC.

1944 – 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs a contract to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game; debuts later that year.

1951 – 3 City of College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes.

1952 – 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, “The Red Skelton Show”, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win.

1960 – VIII Winter OIympic Games open in Squaw Valley, California.

1965 – Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football broadcasting.

1970 – US President Richard Nixon launches the “Nixon Doctrine”

1977 – Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight.

1990 – 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins after Dale Earnhardt shreds right rear tire on last lap.

2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union.  He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

2001 – 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins tragic race; last lap crash claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures.

2004 – Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with.

2016 – Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border.

2018 – NBA All Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angles, CA: Team LeBron beats Team Curry, 148-145: MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F.

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