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 - George Kennedy
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1925: Actor George Kennedy, who has appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows but is best known for the movies "Cool Hand Luke," "Airport" and "The Naked Gun," is born in New York City. Kennedy, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1968 for "Cool Hand Luke," also starred in movies such as "Charade," "The Flight of the Phoenix," "In Harm's Way," "The Dirty Dozen," "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," "The Eiger Sanction" and "Earthquake," and the TV series "The Blue Knight" and "Dallas."

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