Today in history: Trump orders the creation of the Space Force

Today is Saturday, February 19, the 50th day of 2022. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On February 19, 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned from the Cuban presidency after nearly half a century in power; his brother Raul was then appointed to succeed him.

To 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, in present-day Alabama. (Burr was acquitted at trial.)

In 1878 Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for “an improvement in phonographs or speaking machines”.

In 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the resettlement and internment of people of Japanese ancestry, including U.S.-born citizens .

In 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they began a successful month-long battle to gain control of the island from the forces Japanese.

In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus independence.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, calling the issuance of the internment order for people of Japanese ancestry in 1942 a “sad day in American history”, signed a proclamation officially confirming its termination.

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

In 1986, the U.S. Senate approved, 83-11, the Genocide Convention, an international treaty prohibiting “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group.” , nearly 37 years after the pact was first submitted for ratification.

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 Guards crashed in southeastern Iran, killing all on board.

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 had desired.

Ten years ago: Three skiers were killed when an avalanche swept them about a quarter mile into an out-of-bounds canyon in Stevens Pass, Washington, but a fourth skier caught in the slide was saved by a rescue device security. Forty-four inmates were killed in a riot at a prison in Apodaca, northern Mexico.

Five years ago: Three former elite US gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, appeared on ’60 Minutes’ on CBS to say they had been sexually abused by volunteer doctor Dr. Larry Nassar of the USA Gymnastics team. (Nassar would be sentenced to decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.) Eastern Conference 192-182 – highest-scoring game ever history of the league.

A year ago: Southern cities hit by winter storms that left millions without power for days faced water pipes burst by record temperatures; the breaks created a shortage of drinking water, shut down airports and left hospitals scrambling. The United States has officially returned to the Paris climate agreement; President Joe Biden told a virtual gathering of European leaders that the world “can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to tackle climate change.” US officials have rushed to beef up the country’s cyber defenses following a massive hack that could have exposed government and corporate secrets to Russia. Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce from Kanye West in Los Angeles after 6 and a half years of marriage.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson turns 82. Actor Carlin Glynn is 82 years old. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 80. Singer Lou Christie is 79 years old. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 74 years old. Actor Stephen Nichols is 71. Author Amy Tan is 70. Actor Jeff Daniels is 67 years old. Singer and rock musician Dave Wakeling is 66 years old. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 65. Actor Ray Winstone is 65 years old. Actor Leslie David Baker is 64 years old. Britain’s Prince Andrew is 62. Hana Mandlikova, a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, is 60 years old. Singer Seal is 59 years old. Actress Jessica Tuck is 59 years old. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 58. Batman is 56 years old. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 55 years old. Actor Bellamy Young is 52 years old. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 47 years old. Pop singer Haylie Duff is 37 years old. Actor Arielle Kebbel is 37 years old. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 34. Actor Luke Pasqualino is 32 years old. Actor Victoria Justice is 29 years old. Actor David (dah-VE ED’) Mazouz (TV: “Gotham”) is 21 years old. Actress Millie Bobby Brown is 18 years old.

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