2/19/2021 12:01:00 AM Today In History - February 19
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
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:
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.
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)