This Day in Pop Culture for February 18

1885: Huck Finn is Published

Mark Twain’s classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United States on this day in 1885. A direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the story is narrated by Finn himself. The book is often called one of the Great American Novels. Twain had a way of describing people and locations and offers a satire of the attitudes of the day regarding racism. The book has always been controversial. The children’s book has often been “banned” by schools as it is filled with coarse language and has often been wrongly accused of being a racist propaganda due to its use of the “N word.” (Image: Wikipedia)

1678: ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ is Published

On this day in 1678, the second most popular book on many Christian’s bookshelves, Pilgrim’s Progress was published. It was written by John Bunyan (not the guy with the big blue ox) while his enjoying his stay in prison for preaching without a license. The story, which has never been out of print, features a man named Christian who searches for truth and relief from the burden of sin strapped to his back. Along his journey, he meets a variety of people with their own issues and unique locations including the Doubting Castle, the Valley of the Shadow and Vanity Fair. (Image: Wikimedia)


  • 1933: Yoko Ono (singer)
  • 1950: John Hughes (film director)
  • 1950: Cybill Shepherd (actress)
  • 1952: Juice Newton (singer)
  • 1954: John Travolta (actor)
  • 1957: Vanna White (game show host)
  • 1964: Matt Dillon (actor)
  • 1965: Dr. Dre (rapper)
  • 1968: Molly Ringwald (actress)
  • 1974: Jillian Michaels (fitness trainer)

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