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 - Toni Morrison
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1931: Writer Toni Morrison, whose best known novels are "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Song of Solomon" and "Beloved," is born in Lorain, Ohio. Morrison won the Nobel Prize in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for "Beloved." She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.


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