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 - Harry Caray
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1998: Chicago Cubs baseball broadcaster Harry Caray dies of cardiac arrest with resulting brain damage at the age of 83 in Rancho Mirage, California. Four days earlier he had collapsed at a restaurant, hit his head on a table and never regained consciousness. Caray, who got his start with a long tenure calling games for the St. Louis Cardinals before moving onto broadcasting games for the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox, became known for singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of games during his time with the White Sox. That tradition carried on when he moved to the Cubs following the 1981 season.


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