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 - Ironman Triathlon
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1978: The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller, a U.S. Navy communications specialist. The race, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, originally ended at Aloha Tower (pictured) in Honolulu.

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