Friday, February 19, 2016

Today in History: Friday, February 19, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans
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On this date in:
1473The astronomer Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
1878Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
1881Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1945Some 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.
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1959An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
1963"The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan was published.
1997Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died in Beijing at age 92.
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2004Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse.
2007New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
2008An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power.
2010Golfer Tiger Woods admitted infidelity and acknowledged receiving therapy.
2010The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case.
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Today's Birthdays:
R&B singer, songwriter Smokey Robinson turns 76 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Tony IommiRock musician (Black Sabbath)68
Amy TanAuthor64
Jeff DanielsActor61
Ray WinstoneActor59
Roger GoodellNFL commissioner57
Hana MandlikovaTennis Hall of Famer54
SealRock singer53
Justine BatemanActress ("Family Ties")50
Benicio Del ToroActor49
Haylie DuffSinger, actress ("7th Heaven")31
Britain's Prince Andrew turns 56 years old today.
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