February 18

1546

Martin Luther, German leader of the Protestant Reformation, died.

1564

Michelangelo Buonarotti, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect, died.

1885

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published.

1930

Pluto, the ninth planet in the solar system, was discovered by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.

1953

The first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opened in New York.

2001

FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for Russia.

2001

Dale Earnhardt, Sr., died from injuries sustained at the Daytona 500.

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