Famous People Who Died On February 18 in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

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What Happened on This Day in History?

1685- Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.

1861- Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Alabama

1885- Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” published

1902- Opera “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” premieres in Monte Carlo

1909- Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

1944 – Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall

2001Dale Earnhardt was a famous NASCAR stock car racer who died in a tragic racing accident at the 2001 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt is the father of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is also a stock car racer for NASCAR, rest in peace Dale Earnhardt

Deaths

1483-1546- Martin Luther was biblical scholar/religious reformer, Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation, translated the Bible into more understandable language, The Ninety-Five Thesis

1713-1788- John Whitehurst was an English clockmaker and scientist, he was an influential member of the Lunar Society and made significant contributions to early geology

1812-1902- Charles Lewis Tiffany was the American founder of Tiffany & Co. who introduced the English standard of Sterling Silver

1830-1906 –John Batterson Stetson, American manufacturer who founded John B. Stetson Company and invented the cowboy hat, the company’s hats are now called Stetson’s

1866-1933-James Corbett, known as Gentleman Jim was the heavyweight boxing champ (1892-97), best known as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan

1904-1967 –Robert J Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project and the creator of atomic bomb; he is referred to as the Father of the Atomic Bomb

1886-1975 –Raymond Moley, US advisor and Speech writer to President Roosevelt “Brain Trust”

1905-1977-Andy Devine [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy’s Gang), he was a character actor and comic cowboy sidekick

1960-1993 –Kerry Von Erich was an American professional wrestler, he wrestled in the WWCW and the WWE, he was a five time World Champion, he had drug problems, he had a motorcycle accident and lost his foot, he committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver

1911-1995 –John Rhea “Yank” Lawson was a jazz trumpeter known for Dixieland and Swing Music; he worked with Bob Crosby, Tony Dorsey and Benny Goodman and later formed the World’s Greatest Jazz Band

1959-1995 –Bob Stinson American guitarist who was the founding member and lead-guitarist for the American Rock Band The Replacements in Minneapolis, MN in 1979

1951-2001 –Dale Earnhardt was a famous NASCAR stock car racer who died in a tragic racing accident at the 2001 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt is the father of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is also a stock car racer for NASCAR, rest in peace Dale Earnhardt

1931-2001 –Eddie Mathews was Major League baseball player who is one of the greatest third-basemen ever to play the game of baseball, Eddie Mathews played for the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers and he won two World Series Championships and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click hereto check out Faye’s writing

Sources

Historyorb.com

Wikipedia.com

Holidayinsights.com 

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