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This Day in History – February 19, 2011

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1674 – The Netherlands and England signed the Peace of Westminster, by which New Amsterdam passed to the English (and was renamed New York).   1807 – Aaron Burr, vice president under Thomas Jefferson, was arrested for treason. He was later acquitted. 1878 – Thomas Edison patented the gramophone (phonograph).   1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that resulted in the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast.   1945 – The U.S. Marines went ashore at Iwo Jima.   1959 – Britain, Turkey, and Greece signed the agreement granting Cyprus independence.   1968 – The first nationwide broadcast of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood aired on PBS.   1997 – Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Communist leader, died.]]]]> ]]>

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