What Happened On This Day In History?

Wednesday, February 19th 2020

Today is the 50th day of 2020.  There are 315 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1803
Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution. However, Congress did not get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953.
1807
Former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was subsequently tried for treason and acquitted.
1846
The Texas state government was formally installed in Austin.
1878
Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
1881
Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1942
President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1942
About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.
1945
During World War II, some 30,000 United States Marines landed on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encountered ferocious resistance from Japanese forces. The Americans took control of the strategically important island after a month-long
1959
An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
1963
The Soviet Union informed President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of an estimated 17,000 Soviet troops in Cuba.
1986
The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide, 37 years after the pact had first been submitted for ratification.
1999
President Clinton posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, whose military career was tarnished by a racially motivated discharge.

Notable Births

1473
The astronomer Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.

Notable Deaths

1997
Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died.
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