Back in the Day-Nascar Tragedy, Huckleberry Went On an Adventure, Pluto Discovered
February 18th, a great day for literature, a sad day for Nascar Fans.
1885 – MARK TWAIN’S “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” was published for the very first time.
1930 – The ninth planet of our solar system, PLUTO, was discovered. In 2006, its status as a planet was CRUELLY RIPPED AWAY.
1954 - The CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY opens up its first location in Los Angeles.
1956 – PAT BOONE’S cover of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” hit #12 on the pop chart!!!
1956 – THE PLATTERS’ classic “The Great Pretender” hit #1 on the pop chart.
1977 – The SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden “flight” above the Mojave Desert of southeast California.
1980 – BILL WYMAN announced that he would leave the ROLLING STONES in 1983. He was persuaded not to and stayed until 1992.
1985 – GREG LOUGANIS was recognized as America’s top amateur athlete, winning the James E. Sullivan Award. Greg Louganis had won TWO gold medals at the 1984 Olympics.
1992 – VINCE NEIL quit as lead singer of MOTLEY CRUE, after 11 years with the group. He said he wanted to spend more time on his career as a racecar driver. Five years later, he reunited with his bandmates for the American Music Awards.
1994 – Chicago Cubs broadcasting legend HARRY CARAY died in California, at 83.
2001 - After 22 years of Winston Cup racing, NASCAR legend DALE EARNHARDT died in a multi-car crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500. He was 51.
2003 – Country superstar JOHNNY PAYCHECK who was most famous for the rebellious 1977 hit “Take This Job And Shove It” died at the age of 64.