Today in History, February 19th

By | February 19, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 19th!

1408 The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor.
1473 The astronomer Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
1701 Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid.
1807 Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later found innocent. Aaron-Burr
1847 Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donnor Party in the Sierras.
1861 Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.
1878 Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
1881 Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1902 Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.
1903 The Austria-Hungary government decrees a mandatory two year military service.
1915 British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1917 American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.
1919 The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.
1925 President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax. Calvin Coolidge
1926 Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years.
1942 Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.
1944 The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.
1945 Some 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima and began a month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces during World War II.
1959 An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
1963 “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan was published.
1965 Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations’ doors in New York.
1966 Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
1976 Britain slashes welfare spending.
1981 The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a “textbook case” of a Communist plot.
1987 New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.
1997 Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died in Beijing at age 92.
2004 Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader’s collapse. Jeffrey-Skilling
2007 New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
2008 An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power.
2010 Golfer Tiger Woods admitted infidelity and acknowledged receiving therapy.
2010 The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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