This day, 18th of February in 1129, Roman Emperor Fredrick II captured the city of Jerusalem. There have been series of capture and recapture between the Romans, the Christian Crusaders and the Muslims for long. The first crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 from the Fatimids who had recaptured it from the Romans in 1098. The Romans regained the city from the crusaders on this day in 1129!


Also on this day, 18/02 in 1930, the young American, Clyde Tombaugh (24) with no history of formal training in astronomy, discovered the dwarf planet – Pluto using a 13inch telescope. it was considered the smallest and most distant planet of the Solar system at its discovery in 1930. but in August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the organization charged by the scientific community with classifying astronomical objects, voted to remove Pluto from the list of planets and give it the new classification of dwarf planet!


On this same day, the 18th day of February in 1978, it was the Kalakuta’s invasion. 1000 unknown soldiers, armed with gruesomeness  and ruthlessness stormed Fela’s Kalakuta Republic and reigned terror on its inhabitant, destroying items and burning down the whole building. His 78 years old mother, Mrs Funmilayo Ransom Kuti was thrown from the 2nd floor of the building, leading to her death few weeks later!