February 18

This Day in History

1953

"First" 3D Film Opens

When Bwana Devil opened in New York on this day in 1953, it gave New Yorkers their first opportunity to admire their heroes of the Silver Screen in 3D. Shot using a pioneering technique known as … (more...)

1930

Pluto discovered

American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers Pluto, generally the most distant planet from the sun. The existence of an unknown ninth planet was first proposed by Percival Lowell, who theorized … (more...)

1405

Conqueror Tamerlane Dies of the Plague

On this day in 1405, Timur, known in the West as Tamerlane, the great conqueror of Central Asia, succumbed to the plague while campaigning on his empire’s eastern border. It brought to the end a reign … (more...)