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 - Sportpalast speech
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1943: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech, calling for a total war as the tide of World War II had turned against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies. The speech was the first public admission by the Nazi leadership that Germany faced serious dangers and is considered Goebbels' most famous speech.

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