Birthdays of Monday, February 18
Actor George Kennedy is 88.
Author Toni Morrison is 82.
Singer Yoko Ono is 80.
Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 74.
Singer Irma Thomas is 72.
Singer Dennis DeYoung is 66.
Actress Sinead Cusack is 65.
Actress Cybill Shepherd is 63.
Singer Juice Newton is 61.
Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 60.
Actor John Travolta is 59.
Game show host Vanna White is 56.
Actor Matt Dillon is 49.
Rapper Dr. Dre is 48.
Actress Molly Ringwald is 45.
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.
This is Presidents Day.
On February 18 in
1735 The first opera presented in America, "Flora, or Hob in the Well," was performed in present-day Charleston, S.C.
1861 Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery.
1885 Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
1930 Photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
1953 "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, had its New York opening.
1977 The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut "flight" above the Mojave Desert.
2001 Auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.
In The Star
Feb. 18, 1938, in The Star: Anniston Chief of Police C. E. Turner said today he believes he's hit upon a plan which will reduce the rate of delinquency among the city's youth. Turner said parents can be arrested on charges of contributing to that delinquency and can be fined upon conviction. "The situation is alarming here as to such delinquency," the chief said. "Hardly a day goes by without reports of young boys pilfering from stores and automobiles in the business district and people are constantly annoyed by children begging for money." Also this date: Decayed teeth is the most prevalent defect found among Calhoun County schoolchildren, according to county health officer Dr. J. M. Kimmey. He has nearly completed a survey of approximately 3,500 children in county schools and found that diseased tonsils, followed by a lack of smallpox vaccinations, are the second and third most prevalent problems. In multiple-grade schools, those in first, third and fifth grades have been examined, while all students in one-teacher schools are.
Feb. 18, 1988, in The Star: Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce funding of Festivanni, the annual summer arts celebration, remains uncertain with chamber officials saying they never intended to fund the event annually. "The chamber has to look at Festivanni the way it looks at its own programs such as the industrial relations division," said Chamber Chairman Charles Edwards. "It is my understanding that the chamber was to provide seed money for the event and not fund it indefinitely. We are not pulling funds because we never promised to fund the event every year. We have lived up to our end of the agreement."