Monday, February 19, 2007

On this day...

With all government offices closed today in observance of President's Day, it's quiet on the political front. Certainly not a day slated to go down in history. But since I do enjoy history, I thought you might enjoy a brief spin down memory lane in terms of other more significant things that happened on this day - Feb. 19 - in history.
1807 - Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. Despite later being acquitted, public opinion will force him to live out the remainder of his life in privacy.
1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph) at his lab in Menlo Park, NJ.
1913 - The first prize is inserted into a Cracker Jack box.
1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1945 - During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
1953 - The State of Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the U.S. Newspapers were excluded from the new legislation.
1985 - Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days.
1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured Yul Brynner who died shortly after of lung cancer.


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