This day in history
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2019. There are 315 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 79. Actress Carlin Glynn is 79. Author Amy Tan is 67. Actor Jeff Daniels is 64. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 63. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 60. Britain’s Prince Andrew is 59. Tennis Hall of Famer Hana Mandlikova is 57. Singer Seal is 56. Actress Justine Bateman is 53. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 52.
In 1807, former vice president Aaron Burr, accused of treason, was arrested in the Mississippi Territory, in present-day Alabama. (Burr was acquitted at trial.)
In 1934, a blizzard began inundating the Northeast, with the heaviest snowfall occurring in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
In 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the relocation and internment of people of Japanese ancestry, including US-born citizens.
In 1945, some 30,000 US Marines during World War II began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.
In 1963, ‘‘The Feminine Mystique’’ by Betty Friedan was published by W.W. Norton Co.
In 1968, the children’s program ‘‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’’ created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run.
In 1986, the Senate approved, 83-11, the Genocide Convention, an international treaty outlawing ‘‘acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,’’ nearly 37 years after the pact was first submitted for ratification.
In 2006, Israel halted the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money to the Palestinians after Hamas won control of the Palestinian Parliament.
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.
In 2014, Ted Ligety won the giant slalom, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.
Last year, Syrian government forces began a bombing campaign in the northeastern suburbs of Damascus, the last major stronghold for rebels in the area of the capital; the campaign left hundreds dead.