On February 19th...
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Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
1717 Actor David
Garrick was born.
accepted Ohio's state constitution.
Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested in
Alabama for treason.
1831 The first
practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive made its
first trial run, in Pennsylvania.
1846 Texas officially moved its seat
of government to Austin.
Union troops captured Gainesville, Florida, during the
Battle of Olustee.
Edison received a patent for the gramophone (phonograph).
1881 Kansas became the first state to
prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1906 W.K. Kellogg and Charles D.
Bolin incorporated Battle Creek Toasted Corn
Flake Company in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The first prize was inserted into a Cracker Jack box.
Mexican President Francisco Indalecio Madero was
overthrown by a military coup.
1917 Frederick Funston, botanist and adventurer, died.
1932 Astronaut Joseph P. Kerwin was born.
Prussian minister Göring banned all Catholic
President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the
detention and internment of all west-coast
1942 The New York Yankees
announced that 5,000 uniformed soldiers would be
admitted free at each of their upcoming home
1945 U.S. marines
stormed Iwo Jima.
Georgia approved the first literature censorship
board in the United States.
Andrew, Duke of York, was born.
The Cessna 188 Agwagon made its maiden flight,
with R.D. Reagan.
A Gates Learjet Model 29 crewed by Neal
Armstrong, Pete Reynolds, and John Plunkett set a
time-to-climb to 49,215-feet record.
Deng Xiaoping, General Secretary of the Communist
Party of China, died.
Fidel Castro stepped down as President of Cuba due
to poor health.
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