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February 19th - Happy Birthday Jeff Daniels, Ray Winstone, Benicio Del Toro & Victoria Justice


Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2012. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the U.S. military to exclude people from designated areas. (The order was used to relocate and intern American residents of Japanese ancestry, a majority of whom were native-born U.S. citizens.)

On this date:
In 197, Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
In 356, Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
In 1473, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
In 1594, Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland in 1587, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, having succeeded his father John III of Sweden in 1592.
In 1600, The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
In 1649, The Second Battle of Guararapes takes place, effectively ending Dutch colonization efforts in Brazil.
In 1674, England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution.
In 1807, In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
In 1819, British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
In 1846, In Austin, Texas the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas' annexation by the United States.
In 1847, The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
In 1852, The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
In 1859, Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This is the 1st time this defense is successfully used in the United States.
In 1861, Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
In 1876, Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
In 1878, Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for "an improvement in phonograph or speaking machines."
In 1881, Kansas prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
In 1884, More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
In 1915, World War I: The first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.
In 1921, Rezā Shāh takes control of Tehran during a successful coup
In 1937, Yekatit 12: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Ethiopian nationalists of Eritrean origin attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades. Italian authorities exact vicious reprisals on the population.
In 1942, Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.
In 1943, World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
In 1945, During World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.
In 1949, Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
In 1953, Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
In 1960, China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.
In 1963, The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique reawakens the Feminist Movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
In 1972, The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff begins in Japan.
In 1976, calling the issuing of Executive Order 9066 "a sad day in American history," President Gerald R. Ford issued a proclamation confirming that the order had been terminated with the formal cessation of hostilities of World War II.
In 1978, Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
In 1983, 13 people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown in what became known as the Wah Mee Massacre. (Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the killings and sentenced to life in prison.)
In 1985, Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
In 1985, Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
In 1986, Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
In 1986, The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
In 1992, Irish Republican Army member Joseph Doherty was deported from the United States to Northern Ireland following a 10-year battle for political asylum. (Doherty was imprisoned for killing a British army commando in 1980; he was freed in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.)
In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 92.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
In 2001, The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
In 2002, NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
In 2006, A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.

Ten years ago: Addressing Japan's national legislature, President George W. Bush said the country's recession-ravaged economy was "on the path to reform," and urged the Diet to help curb the spread of terrorism in the region; Bush then traveled to South Korea for a two-day visit. NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft began mapping the Red Planet. In Salt Lake City, a win by bobsledders Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers gave the United States 21 medals in the Winter Games; Flowers became the first black athlete to strike gold at the Winter Olympics.

Five years ago: Three-way talks in the Mideast between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli and Palestinian leaders, initially billed as a new U.S. push to restart peace efforts, ended with little progress other than a commitment to meet again. Hundreds of gay couples were granted the same legal rights, if not the title, as married couples as New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions. Actress Janet Blair died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 85.

One year ago: Security forces in Libya and Yemen fired on pro-democracy demonstrators as the two hard-line regimes struck back against the wave of protests that had already toppled autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia. The world's dominant economies, meeting in Paris, struck a watered-down deal on how to smooth out trade and currency imbalances blamed for a global financial crisis.

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Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 72. Singer Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is 72. Actress Carlin Glynn is 72. Sony Chairman, CEO and President Howard Stringer is 70. Singer Lou Christie is 69. Actor Michael Nader is 67. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 64. Actor Stephen Nichols is 61. Author Amy Tan is 60. Actor Jeff Daniels is 57. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 56. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 55. Actor Ray Winstone is 55. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 54. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 53. Britain's Prince Andrew is 52. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 50. Singer Seal is 49. Actress Jessica Tuck is 49. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 48. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 47. Actress Justine Bateman is 46. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 45. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 37. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 27.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 19:
1932, Joseph P. Kerwin, NASA astronaut
1942, Paul Krause, American football player
1946, Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
1946, Hiroshi Fujioka, Japanese actor
1948, Mark Andes, American musician (Spirit, Firefall and Heart)
1950, Andy Powell, British musician (Wishbone Ash)
1953, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
1953, Bill Kirchenbauer American comedian and actor
1954, Francis Buchholz, German bassist (Scorpions)
1956, Kathleen Beller, American actress
1956, Peter Holsapple, American musician (The dBs and The Continental Drifters)
1957, Lorianne Crook, Television personality
1964, Doug Aldrich, American musician (Whitesnake and Burning Rain)
1965, Leroy, American musician (Smash Mouth)
1966, Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis player
1969, Burton C. Bell, American vocalist (Fear Factory and Ascension of the Watchers)
1971, Miguel Batista, Dominican baseball player
1975, Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback and 3 Doors Down)
1976, Jahidi White, American basketball player
1980, Dwight Freeney, American football player
1980, Mike Miller, American basketball player
1985, Arielle Kebbel, American actress
1993, Victoria Justice, American actress and singer

Born on this day, Feb. 19. passed away:
1473, Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
1800, Émilie Gamelin, French Canadian Roman Catholic Religious Sister, founder of the Sisters of Providence (d. 1851)
1893, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
1910, Dorothy Janis, American silent film actress (d. 2010)
1911, Merle Oberon, British actress (d. 1979)
1912, Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
1916, Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (d. 1997)
1917, Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
1924, Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)
1930, John Frankenheimer, American film director (d. 2002)
1935, Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (d. 2010)
1946, Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
1948, Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
1954, Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
1957, Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)

Notable deaths, Feb. 19:
1927, Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (b. 1847)
1936, Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
1980, Bon Scott, Australian singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)
1996, Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (b. 1918)
1997, Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Communist leader and revolutionary (b. 1904)
1998, Grandpa Jones, American entertainer (b. 1913)
2001, Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
2003, Johnny Paycheck, American singer (b. 1938)
2007, Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)
2009, Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b. 1945)
2011, Ollie Matson, American football running back (b. 1930)

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2013. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1963, the book "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan, credited with reviving American feminism, was first published by W.W. Norton & Co.

One year ago: Three skiers were killed when an avalanche swept them about a quarter-mile down an out-of-bounds canyon at Stevens Pass, Wash., but a fourth skier caught up in the slide was saved by a safety device. Forty-four imates were killed in a prison riot in Apodaca, northern Mexico. The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd straight home game, breaking the NHL overall record with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 73. Singer Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is 73. Actress Carlin Glynn is 73. Sony Chairman Howard Stringer is 71. Singer Lou Christie is 70. Actor Michael Nader is 68. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 65. Actor Stephen Nichols is 62. Author Amy Tan is 61. Actor Jeff Daniels is 58. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 57. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 56. Actor Ray Winstone is 56. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 55. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 54. Britain's Prince Andrew is 53. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 51. Singer Seal is 50. Actress Jessica Tuck is 50. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 49. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 48. Actress Justine Bateman is 47. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 46. Actress Bellamy Young is 43. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 38. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 28. Actress Victoria Justice is 20.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2014. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, clearing the way for the U.S. military to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Ten years ago: Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was brought to court in handcuffs, charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's colossal collapse. (Skilling was later convicted of 19 counts and sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison, but a federal judge in 2013 shaved a decade off that sentence, which means Skilling could be released by 2017.) The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama made a quick visit to Canada, his first trip outside the U.S. since taking office; he reassured Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the U.S. was not cultivating a protectionist streak despite its economic difficulties. A jury in Moscow voted unanimously to acquit three men in the killing of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

One year ago: The United Nations said the number of U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan had risen sharply in 2012 compared with 2011. A bail hearing began in Pretoria, South Africa, for double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, charged with killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day; the defense said Pistorius had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder while prosecutors said he had deliberately opened fire on Steenkamp as she cowered behind a locked bathroom door. Donald Richie, a Tokyo-based expert on Japanese cinema, died at age 88.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 74. Actress Carlin Glynn is 74. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 72. Singer Lou Christie is 71. Actor Michael Nader is 69. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 66. Actor Stephen Nichols is 63. Author Amy Tan is 62. Actor Jeff Daniels is 59. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 58. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 57. Actor Ray Winstone is 57. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 56. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 55. Britain's Prince Andrew is 54. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 52. Singer Seal is 51. Actress Jessica Tuck is 51. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 50. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 49. Actress Justine Bateman is 48. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 47. Actress Bellamy Young is 44. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 39. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 29. Actress Victoria Justice is 21.

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2015. There are 315 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year of the Goat.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.

Ten years ago: Eight suicide bombers struck in quick succession in Iraq in a wave of attacks that killed dozens. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited a Thai fishing village that had been devastated by the December 2004 tsunami. The USS Jimmy Carter, the last of the Seawolf class of attack subs, was commissioned at Groton, Conn.

Five years ago: In a televised 13-minute statement, golfer Tiger Woods admitted infidelity and acknowledged receiving therapy. The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case. Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop, who became Australia's first saint.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, in Mexico for a North American summit, urged Ukraine to avoid violence against peaceful protesters or face consequences; shortly after Obama's remarks, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's office said he and opposition leaders had agreed on a truce. On Day 13 of the Sochi Games, Norway won the first Olympic mixed relay in biathlon and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals. Ted Ligety won the giant slalom, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 75. Actress Carlin Glynn is 75. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 73. Singer Lou Christie is 72. Actor Michael Nader is 70. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 67. Actor Stephen Nichols is 64. Author Amy Tan is 63. Actor Jeff Daniels is 60. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 59. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 58. Actor Ray Winstone is 58. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 57. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 56. Britain's Prince Andrew is 55. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 53. Singer Seal is 52. Actress Jessica Tuck is 52. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 51. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 50. Actress Justine Bateman is 49. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 48. Actress Bellamy Young is 45. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 40. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 30. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 27. Actress Victoria Justice is 22.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2016. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1986, the U.S. Senate approved, 83-11, the Genocide Convention, an international treaty outlawing "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group," nearly 37 years after the pact had first been submitted for ratification.

Ten years ago: A gas explosion in northern Mexico killed 65 miners. Israel halted the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money to the Palestinians after Hamas took control of the Palestinian parliament. Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500. The East rallied from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA All-Star Game.

Five years ago: Security forces in Libya and Yemen fired on pro-democracy demonstrators as the two hard-line regimes struck back against the wave of protests that had already toppled autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia. The world's dominant economies, meeting in Paris, struck a watered-down deal on how to smooth out trade and currency imbalances blamed for a global financial crisis.

One year ago: President Barack Obama urged delegates from 63 countries at a summit on violent extremism to "confront the warped ideology" espoused by terror groups, particularly using Islam to justify violence.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 76. Actress Carlin Glynn is 76. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 74. Singer Lou Christie is 73. Actor Michael Nader is 71. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 68. Actor Stephen Nichols is 65. Author Amy Tan is 64. Actor Jeff Daniels is 61. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 60. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 59. Actor Ray Winstone is 59. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 58. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 57. Britain's Prince Andrew is 56. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 54. Singer Seal is 53. Actress Jessica Tuck is 53. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 52. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 51. Actress Justine Bateman is 50. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 49. Actress Bellamy Young is 46. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 41. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 31. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 28. Actress Victoria Justice is 23.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:
On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the creation of U.S. military areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded"; the order was used mostly to relocate and intern people of Japanese ancestry, including American-born citizens, although fewer numbers of people of German and Italian backgrounds were also singled out. Imperial Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.

Ten years ago: In a scene captured on surveillance video, Karolina Obrycka (ob-RY'-kah), a 24-year-old bartender at Jesse's Short Stop Inn on Chicago's northwest side, was physically assaulted by Anthony Abbate (ah-BAH'-tee), an off-duty police officer, after she refused to continue serving him drinks. (Abbate was convicted of aggravated battery in 2009, and sentenced to probation.) Hundreds of gay couples were granted the same legal rights, if not the title, as married couples as New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions. Actress Janet Blair died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 85.

Five years ago: Three skiers were killed when an avalanche swept them about a quarter-mile down an out-of-bounds canyon at Stevens Pass, Wash., but a fourth skier caught up in the slide was saved by a safety device. Forty-four inmates were killed in a prison riot in Apodaca, northern Mexico. The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd straight home game, breaking the NHL overall record with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. (The streak was snapped four days later when the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Red Wings, 4-3.)

One year ago: Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," died in Monroeville, Ala., at age 89. The bodies of two women, one man and an infant were found outside a burning home near Edgerton, Mo. (a suspect has been charged with murder). Serbian officials said two of their embassy staffers held hostage since Nov. 2015 had died in U.S airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya.

Today's Birthdays — Feb. 19: Singer Smokey Robinson is 77. Actress Carlin Glynn is 77. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 75. Singer Lou Christie is 74. Actor Michael Nader is 72. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 69. Actor Stephen Nichols is 66. Author Amy Tan is 65. Actor Jeff Daniels is 62. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 61. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 60. Actor Ray Winstone is 60. Actor Leslie David Baker is 59. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 58. Britain's Prince Andrew is 57. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 55. Singer Seal is 54. Actress Jessica Tuck is 54. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 53. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 52. Actress Justine Bateman is 51. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 50. Actress Bellamy Young is 47. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 42. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 32. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 29. Actor Luke Pasqualino (TV: "The Musketeers") is 27. Actress Victoria Justice is 24. Actress Millie Bobby Brown is 13.

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Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2018. There are 315 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 19, 1968, the children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run.
Ten years ago: An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him. President George W. Bush, visiting Rwanda, pleaded with the global community for decisive action to stop grisly ethnic violence plaguing other African nations like Kenya and Sudan. Democrat Barack Obama cruised past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin primary and Hawaii caucuses.

Five years ago: The United Nations said the number of U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan had risen sharply in 2012 compared with 2011. A bail hearing began in Pretoria, South Africa, for double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, charged with killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day; the defense said Pistorius had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder while prosecutors said he had deliberately opened fire on Steenkamp as she cowered behind a locked bathroom door.

One year ago: A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century earlier. Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston to protest what they saw as increasing threats to science and research. More than a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City for an "I Am A Muslim Too" event to support Muslim Americans. Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" to say they were sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar, a volunteer team physician for USA Gymnastics. Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books, scoring 52 points as the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 - the highest-scoring game in league history.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 78. Actress Carlin Glynn is 78. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 76. Singer Lou Christie is 75. Actor Michael Nader is 73. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 70. Actor Stephen Nichols is 67. Author Amy Tan is 66. Actor Jeff Daniels is 63. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 62. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 61. Actor Ray Winstone is 61. Actor Leslie David Baker is 60. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 59. Britain's Prince Andrew is 58. Tennis Hall of Famer Hana Mandlikova is 56. Singer Seal is 55. Actress Jessica Tuck is 55. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 54. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 53. Actress Justine Bateman is 52. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 51. Actress Bellamy Young is 48. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 43. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 33. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 30. Actor Luke Pasqualino is 28. Actress Victoria Justice is 25. Actor David (dah-VEED') Mazouz (TV: "Gotham") is 17. Actress Millie Bobby Brown is 14.

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