On this day: February 18

POSTED: 02:45 AM PST Feb 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 17, 2016 

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 - Martin Luther
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1546: German religious reformer Martin Luther, whose efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Roman Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation and whose teachings are the basis for Lutheranism, dies shortly after suffering an apoplectic stroke at the age of 62 in Eisleben, Germany, then part of the Holy Roman Empire.


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