Wednesday, February 19th 2020
Today is the 50th day of 2020. There are 315 days left in this year.
Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution. However, Congress did not get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953.
Former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was subsequently tried for treason and acquitted.
The Texas state government was formally installed in Austin.
Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.
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
An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
The Soviet Union informed President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of an estimated 17,000 Soviet troops in Cuba.
The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide, 37 years after the pact had first been submitted for ratification.
President Clinton posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, whose military career was tarnished by a racially motivated discharge.
The astronomer Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died.