Sunday, February 19, 2012

19th of February

Today is the 50th day of the year and there are 315 days remaining.

1807 - In Alabama, former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1847 - The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.

1859 - Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on ground of temporary insanity.  This is the 1st time the defense is successfully used in the United States.

1878 - Thomas Edison patents his phonograph.

1942 - President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Executive Order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps.

1945 - To begin the Battle of Iwo Jima, about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island.

1976 - Executive Order 9066, is rescinded by President Gerald Ford's Proclamation 4417.

1985 - Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hopsital.

1986 - The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft.  Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.

1999 - President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.  Flipper  was the first African-American to graduate from West Point and prove himself  leading Buffalo Soldiers during the Indian Wars, however he was wrongfully court-martialed and dismissed from the Army.

2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey begins to map the surface of Mars using thermal emission imaging systems.

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