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February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated provisional President of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, AL. Immediately after his inauguration, Davis sent a peace commission to Washington. Lincoln, committed to preserving the Union at any cost, refused to see the Confederacy’s emissaries.
February 18, 1870, the first train crossed the 14th Street Bridge from Clarksville, Indiana, to Louisville. It was the longest iron bridge in the U. S., with 27 spans covering a mile. The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, as it is also known, is the eastern boundary of The Falls of the Ohio State Park.
February 18, 1890, Ellison Mounts hung in Pikeville in an attempt to end the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Thousands of onlookers witnessed the hanging, but laws stated that executions could no longer be public. The hanging took place on the site of the present-day University of Pikeville classroom building. No one had been sent to the gallows in Pike County for forty years, and after Ellison, no one ever would be again.
February 18, 1917, Patrolman John George Fow, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he responded to a call of boys throwing rocks at wagons as they passed a grocery store. When Patrolman Fow arrived, he entered the grocery store to investigate and was shot and killed by the father of one of the boys throwing the rocks.
February 18, 1926, Deputy Sheriff Harve Pace, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost three months earlier when he was shot while attempting to stop an escaping prisoner. Deputy Pace was shot in the abdomen, causing severe injuries. The suspect was arrested following the initial shooting and sentenced to 21 years but later acquitted in 1929.
February 18, 1950, in a game against Georgia Tech, which the Wildcats won 97–62, Bill Spivey broke the team record for points in a game with 40, two more than Alex Groza scored in a game the previous season.
February 18, 1957, Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond, Shelby County Detention Center, succumbed to wounds received one week earlier when he was assaulted by two inmates attempting to escape from the Shelby County Detention Center.
February 18, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Joseph C. Andrew from Auburn in Logan County, Army SP4 Charlie A. Bratcher from Caneyville in Grayson, Army SSG Ronald L. McCollum from Covington and Army PFC Charles B. Poole from Maceo in Daviess County, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 18, 1994, the Navy decommissioned the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) and struck her from the Naval Vessel Register. A James Madison-class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Daniel Boone. Disposal of the ex-Daniel Boone via the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed on November 4th.
February 18, 1995, three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali sat on the Kentucky bench during the Cats’ 87-77 win over Florida. Ali attended the game as part of a one-day promotional visit to Lexington for a play, Ali, opening later that month at the Lexington Opera House.
February 18, 1995, the University of Kentucky retired the jerseys’ of three players with a ceremony during halt-time of the Kentucky vs. Florida game which Pitno’s Cats won 87-77. Forest Sale #19 from Lawrenceburg, Vernon Hatton #52 from Lexington (Lafayette) and Kevin Grevey #35.
February 18, 2001, Owensboro native Michael Curtis Waltrip wins the Daytona 500. On the final lap, a major accident occurred involving Dale Earnhardt Sr, Ken Schrader, and Sterling Marlin. Earnhardt’s car crashed head-on into the retaining wall, killing him instantly.