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 - Jack Palance
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1919: Actor Jack Palance, best known for his roles in movies such as "Sudden Fear," "Shane," "The Professionals" and "City Slickers," is born Volodymyr Jack Palahniuk in Hazle Township, Pa. During his 50 years working in film and television, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all as Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in 1991 for his role in "City Slickers." He died of natural causes at age 87 on Nov. 10, 2006.

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