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2/19/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 19

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Today in History in 1878 Thomas Edison patented his gramophone; in 1924 actor Lee Marvin was born in New York City; and in 1945  the US 5th Fleet launched an invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 356 - Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
  • 1803 - US Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
  • 1861 - Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom [NS=Mar 3]
  • 1878 - Thomas Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
  • 1942 - About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1942 - FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 1945 - US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
  • 2001 - An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

3 - Lincolnton Animal Hospital - Generic

Famous Birthdays

  • 1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń Royal Prussia, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
  • 1911 - Merle Oberon, Calcutta India, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion)
  • 1917 - Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • 1924 - Lee Marvin, actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 - Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
  • 1943 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday)
  • 1943 - Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 1960 - Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • 1963 - Seal, English vocalist/songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose)

Famous Weddings

  • 1934 - US entertainer Bob Hope & fellow entertainer Dolores DeFina marry
  • 1964 - Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England
  • 1995 - "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico
  • 2008 - "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

Famous Deaths

  • 1951 - Andre Gide, French writer (Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1997 - Deng Xiaoping, head (Chinese Communist Party), dies at 92
  • 1998 - Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2003 - Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2007 - Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)

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