Friday, February 18, 2005
1478: George, Duke of Clarence, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is executed for treason by drowning him in a vat of Malmsey wine.
1841: Senate Democrats launch the first on-going filibuster in U.S. Senate history, blocking Henry Clay's bill to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States. It will last through March 11.
1848: Glass manufacturer Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of a jeweler who had opened his first store a decade before, is born in New York City.
1865: Delaware rejects ratification of the 13th amendment to the U.S. constitution, which bans slavery. The state will ratify the amendment in 1901.
1878: A botched attempt to execute a judgment on a debt between rival merchants escalates into what will be called the "Lincoln County War," as employee Billy "The Kid" Bonney and a colleague murder two sheriff's deputies and a man who tries to stop them.
1892: Wendell Lewis Willkie, the Democratic lawyer and industrialist who will turn Republican from 1939-44 to run for President, is born at Ellwood, Indiana.
1929: Winners of Hollywood's first Academy Awards are announced, although the awards dinner won't be held until May. Paramount-Famous Lasky's Wings wins the first "best production" (later "best picture") award.
1953: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sign an $8,000,000 contract to continue their I Love Lucy television series through 1955.
2005: Fox hunting becomes illegal in the United Kingdom.