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This Day In History: Feb. 19

Today is the 50th day of 2008 and the 60th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested for treason. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of Japanese-Americans. In 1945, the U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543), astronomer; Stan Kenton (1912-1979), jazz musician; Lee Marvin (1924-1987), actor; Smokey Robinson (1940- ), singer, is 68; Amy Tan (1952- ), writer, is 56; Benicio Del Toro (1967- ), actor, is 41.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, Sterling Marlin became the first person in a decade to win back-to-back Daytona 500s.

TODAY'S QUOTE:"Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow; because something may occur to make you regret your premature action." - Aaron Burr

TODAY'S FACT: About 33,000 Japanese-Americans served in the U.S. military during World War II.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 29,035 - height in feet of Mount Everest, world's highest mountain.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (February 13) and full moon (February 20).


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