Sunday, February 19, 2017

DAY 50 - This day in legal and military history

February 19

NATIONAL Chocolate Mint Day

NATIONAL Eyelash Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1807 Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later acquitted.

1831 The first practical US coal-burning locomotive made its trial run in Pennsylvania

1847 Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras

1866 Congress passes the New Freedman’s Bureau bill, providing for military trials for people accused of depriving African-Americans of their civil rights

1878 Thomas Edison patented the gramophone (phonograph)

1942 FDR orders the internment of Japanese-Americans on the West Coast

1942 Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, was bombed by about 150 Japanese warplanes

1968 The first nationwide broadcast of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood aired on PBS

1976 Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417

1987 New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election

2002 NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system

2008 Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba after 49 years in power. Raúl Castro, Fidel's brother, succeeded him as president.

2013 NASA loses direct contact with the International Space Station due to an equipment failure. Communications are restored three hours later.

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