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 - John Travolta
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1954: Actor John Travolta, best known for the TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" and his roles in movies such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease," "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty," is born in Englewood, New Jersey.


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