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Calendar day; February 18, 2016

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Thursday, the 18th of February, 2016 is the 49th day in 2016 and in the 7th calendar week.
General Events;
Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day
February 18, 2016 in the World
I’ve seen some pretty wild ones but none as strange as today’s observance: it’s “A Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day”.
This day comes from an historical event on February 18th in 1931 as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri when Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane and…wait for it…during the flight she was indeed milked.  Her 24 quarts of milk were then sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis to spectators below. Not your average way of delivering milk!
It was in part a publicity stunt, and more than that, a scientific study on the effects of air travel on livestock. You also might be interested to know that there were no observed ill effects of air travel on the cow.
Where is the event?
National Battery Day
February 18, 2016 in the USA
National Battery Day is a date when organizations observe the importance of batteries and create awareness around how they make lives easier by providing convenient, portable power. The day commemorates the birth in 1745 of Italian physicist and pioneer, Alessandro Volta, who invented the battery.
Batteries play a crucial part of everyday modern life however batteries need to be Recycled in an environmentally sound way for the protection of our environment.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Pluto Day
February 18, 2016 in the World
Pluto, once believed to be the ninth planet, is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.
The existence of an unknown ninth planet was first proposed by Percival Lowell, who theorized that wobbles in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune were caused by the gravitational pull of an unknown planetary body. Lowell calculated the approximate location of the hypothesized ninth planet and searched for more than a decade without success. However, in 1929, using the calculations of Powell and W.H. Pickering as a guide, the search for Pluto was resumed at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. On February 18, 1930, Tombaugh discovered the tiny, distant planet by use of a new astronomic technique of photographic plates combined with a blink microscope. His finding was confirmed by several other astronomers, and on March 13, 1930–the anniversary of Lowell’s birth and of William Hershel’s discovery of Uranus–the discovery of Pluto was publicly announced.
In August 2006, however, the International Astronomical Union announced that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet, due to new rules that said planets must “clear the neighborhood around its orbit.” Since Pluto’s oblong orbit overlaps that of Neptune, it was disqualified.
Note: New Mexico has declared  March 13 as, Pluto is a Planet Day!
Where is the event?
Historical Events on 18th February:
3102 BC Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga
1129 Jerusalem re-taken by Christians in peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil
1478 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London
1678 John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder
1787 Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
1828 More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar
1878 John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico
1885 Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US
1908 The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’
1911 The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away
1927 US & Canada begin diplomatic relations
1930 Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted
1930 US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
1951 Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy
1953 Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film,”Bwana Devil” (NYC)
1957 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government
1972 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
1974 US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan present $2,046,700,000 check
1979 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
1998 Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways


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