Today in History for 19th February 2020

Historical Events

607 – Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1634 – Battle of Smolensk: King Wladyslaw IV of Poland beats Russians [NS=Mar 1]
1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)
1944 – 823 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 – U-264 sinks off Ireland
1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines

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Famous Birthdays

1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer who theorized that planets revolve around the sun (Heliocentric theory), born in Toruń, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1543)
1886 – George Luther Foote, composer
1941 – Carlos Roque Alsina, composer
1956 – George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
1981 – Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
1981 – Gil Reyes, American boxer

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Famous Deaths

1401 – William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
1414 – Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
1916 – Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
1977 – Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
2009 – Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
2011 – Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80

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