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On this day: February 18

POSTED: 02:45 AM PST Feb 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 17, 2014 

Jefferson Davis becomes the president of the Confederacy, Pluto is discovered, a cow flies, the first Church of Scientology is formed, the Chicago Seven are found not guilty, and Dale Earnhardt dies at the Daytona 500, all on this day.

OTD February 18 - Shani Davis
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2006: American Shani Davis wins the men's 1,000-meter speedskating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history. Davis also won a silver medal in the 1,500-meter event three days later.

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