Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2014. There are 316 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1564: Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti dies in Rome, just weeks before his 89th birthday.
1861: Jefferson Davis is sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
1885: Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is published in the U.S. for the first time.
1913: Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez are arrested during a military coup (both were shot to death on Feb. 22).
1930: Photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) is discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
1939: The Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
1943: Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the wife of the Chinese leader, addresses members of the Senate and then the House, becoming the first Chinese national to address both houses of the U.S. Congress.
1953: “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, has its New York opening.
1989: A Trumbull County jury finds Andre R. Williams guilty of 19 counts in the murder of George Melnick and the brutalization of his wife, Katherine, 64, in their Wick Street SE home in Warren.
East High student Marisol Godoy, 17, who received a liver transplant in July, dies unexpectedly in the Cleveland Clinic while awaiting a second transplant.
1974: Twenty-five area schools, organizations, educators and servicemen receive 1973 Freedoms Foundation Awards, including Julie Kennel, an eighth-grade teacher at Boardman Glenwood Middle School who received one of fewer than 50 Pilgrimage School Awards for a mock election held at the school.
Some 400 state and area political figures, friends and family of State Rep. George “Duke” Tablack gather at the Sokol Center to honor the veteran legislator for his many years of service.
1964: Ten guns, 35 men’s suits, assorted watches and a case of crooked dice are seized by Boardman Township police in a raid at an Erskine Avenue home.
Figures released by the Ohio Department of Public Welfare show that payments of $4 million were made to Mahoning County clients in 1963, with another $881,000 paid in medical and hospital costs.
Robert E. Vaughan, assistant to the undersecretary of the Interior and a former Youngstowner, is named liaison agent in transferring to the Navy at Guantanamo Bay a million-gallons-per-day desalination plant from San Diego.
1939: The Youngstown Board of Control awards a general construction contract for a new city hall to Schirmer-Peterson Co. of Cleveland.
James S. Cooper, president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, says a committee will be appointed to investigate reports of the unauthorized practice of law, especially by certain notaries public.