This day in history

This day in history

Tuesday, Feb. 19, is the 50th day of 2013. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 73. Author Amy Tan is 61. Actor Jeff Daniels is 58. Actor Ray Winstone is 56. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 54. Britain’s Prince Andrew is 53. Tennis Hall of Famer Hana Mandlikova is 51. Singer Seal is 50. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 48. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 46. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 28.

In 1473, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.


In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio’s borders and constitution.

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In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr, accused of treason, was arrested in present-day Alabama. (Burr was acquitted at trial.)

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the US military to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans. Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.

In 1945, 30,000 Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they fought a monthlong battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.

In 1963, the book ‘‘The Feminine Mystique’’ by Betty Friedan, credited with reviving American feminism, was published by W.W. Norton & Co.


In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died at 92.

In 2003, an Iranian military plane carrying 275 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in Iran, killing all on board.

In 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.