Today we go down memory lane as we bring you happenings on this day February 18:
1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
1972 – The California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
1987 – The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
1516: Mary Tudor, the Queen of England who came to be known as “BloodyMary” for her persecution of Protestants, was born in Greenwich.
1930: Photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
1929 – The first Academy Awards are announced.
2014- Coca Cola Company announces that it plans to reduce its costs by $1 billion over the next few years in an effort to counteract slowing demand.
2013 – At Belgium’s Brussels Airport, armed robbers steal untraceable, raw diamonds worth $50 million from a plane within minutes, and without alarming passengers
2013 – Nestle removes its beef pasta meals from supermarkets in France, Spain and Italy after tests confirm the food giant has products contaminated .
2012 – Six children were among seven persons killed on Saturday when a school bus plunged into the Kalvi River at Aldona village in India. The bus carrying over a dozen school children and a woman caretaker plunged into the river The driver and conductor jumped out of the vehicle as it fell into the river.
2010 – Denise Van Outen says she feels ‘let down and disappointed’ after she was apparently axed from BBC talent show Over The Rainbow for being pregnant.
1977 – Soldiers under the tenure of Military Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo raided Kalakuta, the communal home of singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Fela’s mother (77), the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria, Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti was thrown from a window of a 2nd-storey building and later died from her injuries. The compound was burnt and a fire brigade was prevented from reaching the site.
2009 – Gunmen in a midnight raid attacked a compound, housing Exxon Mobil staff in the Niger Delta, but were repelled after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops.