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On February the 18th
2004 
Approximately 300 people died in Neyshabur, Iran when a freight train caught fire and exploded. Most of the dead were rescue workers who responded to the incident.
2003 
A fire in South Korea's Daegu subway resulted in the death of more than 198 people. The fire was set by an arsonist who wanted to protest the poor medical treatment the state was providing him. He survived the fire.
1983 
Thirteen people were shot dead during the robbery of an illegal gambling club in Seattle, USA. It is one of the worst, robbery motivated, murder cases in history.
1975 
British footballer, Gary Neville, was born in Bury, England.
1967 
Italian footballer, Roberto Baggio, was born in Caldogno. He is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most revered football players of the 1990's.
1967 
American physicist, Robert Oppenheimer, died at the age of 62. He was a theoretical physicist, most known for having been the director of the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for developing the first nuclear weapons in history. After the atomic bombs were used to destroy the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he became an advocate against the use of nuclear weapons as well as the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. He died of throat cancer.
1965 
Gambia became an independent nation. It was previously part of the United Kingdom.
1960 
British actress, Greta Scacchi, was born in Milan, Italy. Her most famous role was in the blockbuster 1990 movie, Presumed Innocent.
1954 
American actor, John Travolta, was born in New Jersey. He is most known for his roles in the movies, Saturday Night Fever and Grease, as well as his amazing return to stardom in 1994 with Quentin Tarantino's hit movie, Pulp Fiction.
1953 
The first ever 3D film was released. The film was called, Bwana Devil, whose plot revolved around the torment that railroad workers suffered in Uganda from the attack of lions.
1930 
The planet, Pluto, was discovered by the American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh. In the late 20th and early 21st century Pluto was declassified from a 'planet' to a 'dwarf planet'.
1929 
The first Academy Awards were awarded. The first movie to ever receive the 'Best Picture' award was 'Wings', a 1927 silent movie about World War I.
1911 
The first official transfer of mail via plane took place in British India.
1898 
Italian automotive pioneer, Enzo Ferrari, was born in Emilia-Romagna. He was the founder of the Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and subsequently the Ferrari cars manufacturer.
1885 
Mark Twain's novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published for the first time.
1883 
Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, was born in Heraklion, Crete. He is considered as one of the most important Greek writers of the 20th century. He is most known around the world for his novel, Zorba the Greek, which was transferred to the big screen by the filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis.
1861 
American politician, Jefferson Davis, was inaugurated as the first and only (provisional) President of the Confederate States of America. After the American civil war was over, he was imprisoned for 2 years and subsequently released without ever being charged with a crime.
1564 
Italian artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, died at the age of 88. Commonly known as Michelangelo he was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet who along with fellow Florentine artist, Leonardo da Vinci, is considered as one of the most talented artists of the Italian Renaissance period and one of the greatest artists of all time.
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