What happened in February 18th?

February 18, 1930, Pluto discovered

Clyde Tombaugh, a 23-year-old astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, finds Planet X' with the help of a blink microscope. The immensely far-off object will be called Pluto but will be stripped of its planetary status in 2006 and reclassified as merely a dwarf planet.

February 18th 1943 White Rose resistance

Six members of a non-violent student group from the University of Munich are arrested for their campaign of writing and distributing leaflets critical of Hitler's regime. They will be found guilty of treason and beheaded. 

February 18th 1954 Scientology

Following the 1950 publication of his book Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard and his followers establish the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles, the first in what will become more than 5,000 Scientology churches worldwide.

February 18th 1978 Ironman Triathlon

Oahu, Hawaii, hosts a grueling triad of events, described on the competition's rules sheet as Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life! The race sees 15 men start and 12 finish. Navy specialist Gordon Haller wins the first Ironman title.

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