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Franklin Roosevelt paves the way for Japanese internment – Chicago Tribune


Today is Monday, February 19, the 50th day of 2024. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way for the relocation and internment of people of Japanese descent, including U.S.-born citizens.

On this date:

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

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

In 1878, Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for “an improvement in the phonograph or speaking machine.”


In 1959, an agreement was signed between Britain, Turkey and Greece giving independence to Cyprus.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation officially rescinding the 1942 internment order against people of Japanese descent, calling it “a sad day in American history.”

In 1985, the British soap opera “EastEnders” premiered on BBC Television.

In 1986, the U.S. Senate passed the Genocide Convention 83-11, ratifying an international treaty that prohibits “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.” The agreement was first submitted for approval.

In 1997, Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping), the last of China’s leading communist revolutionaries, died at the age of 92.

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

In 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned as president of Cuba after nearly half a century in power; his brother Raul was later elected to replace him.

In 2012, 44 people died in a prison riot in Apodaca, northern Mexico.

In 2017, three former elite USA gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” with Dr. They said they were sexually harassed by Larry Nassar.

In 2019, President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to develop plans for a new Space Force within the Air Force, agreeing to less than the full-fledged department he wanted.

Richard Belzer, a longtime stand-up comedian who became one of television’s most memorable detectives with his roles as John Munch in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: SVU,” died in 2023 at the age of 78.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson 84. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer 82. Singer Lou Christie 81. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) 76. Actor Stephen Nichols 73. Author Amy Tan 72. Actor Jeff Daniels 69. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling 68. Talk show host Lorianne Crook 67. Actor Ray Winstone 67. Actor Leslie David Baker 66. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell 65. England’s Prince Andrew 64 years old Tennis Hall of Fame member Hana Mandlikova 62, Singer Seal 61, Actor Jessica Tuck 61, Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) 59, Actor Justine Bateman 58, Actor Benicio Del Toro 57, Actor Bellamy Young 54 years old. Rock musician Daniel Adair 49. Pop singer-actor Haylie Duff 39. Actor Arielle Kebbel 39. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) 36. Actor Luke Pasqualino 34. Actor Victoria Justice 31. Actor David Mazouz (TV): “Gotham”) 23 years old. Actor Millie Bobby Brown is 20 years old.


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