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On this day: February 18

Published On: Feb 17 2013 04:45:58 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 18 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 Hughes
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1950: Filmmaker John Hughes, best known for directing such movies as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Weird Science," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," is born in Lansing, Mich. Hughes is also known for writing and producing movies such as "Home Alone," "Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "The Great Outdoors" and "Christmas Vacation." He died of a heart attack at age 59 on Aug. 6, 2009.

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