2/19/2014 9:32:00 AM World Almanac for February 19, 2014
Today is the 50th day of 2014 and the 61st day of winter. TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested for treason. In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph. In 1963, Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" was published, sparking a new wave of feminism in the United States. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, allowing the internment of Japanese-Americans. In 1945, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), astronomer; Lee Marvin (1924-1987), actor; John Frankenheimer (1930-2002), director; Smokey Robinson (1940- ), singer; Amy Tan (1952- ), author; Jeff Daniels (1955- ), actor; Ray Winstone (1957- ), actor; Seal (1963- ), singer-songwriter; Benicio Del Toro (1967- ), actor; Jeff Kinney (1971- ), cartoonist/children's author. TODAY'S FACT: The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an average surface temperature of 867 degrees F. TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, Sterling Marlin became the first person in a decade to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. TODAY'S QUOTE: " As soon as people see my face on a movie screen, they knew two things: first, I'm not going to get the girl, and second, I'll get a cheap funeral before the picture is over." -- Lee Marvin TODAY'S NUMBER: 33,000 -- number of Japanese-Americans who served in the U.S. military in World War II. TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Feb. 14) and last quarter moon (Feb. 22).