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Feb 19, 2020

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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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