UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

On Feb. 19, 1878, Thomas Edison patented the first gramophone.

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Thomas Edison poses in his laboratory in Orange, N.J., on June 16, 1888, amidst his first gramophone invention. The first gramophone was patented on February 19, 1878. UPI File Photo
1 of 4 | Thomas Edison poses in his laboratory in Orange, N.J., on June 16, 1888, amidst his first gramophone invention. The first gramophone was patented on February 19, 1878. UPI File Photo | License Photo

Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2024 with 316 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in 1473; Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi in 1876; actor Merle Oberon in 1911; novelist Carson McCullers in 1917; actor Lee Marvin in 1924; television/movie director John Frankenheimer in 1930; singer William "Smokey" Robinson in 1940 (age 84); singer Lou Christie in 1943 (age 81); author Amy Tan in 1952 (age 72); actor Jeff Daniels in 1955 (age 69); NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 1959 (age 65); Britain's Prince Andrew in 1960 (age 64); singer Seal, born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, in 1963 (age 61); actor Justine Bateman in 1966 (age 58); actor Benicio Del Toro in 1967 (age 57); actor Bellamy Young in 1970 (age 54); actor Eric Lange in 1973 (age 51); actor Haylie Duff in 1985 (age 39); actor Arielle Kebbel in 1985 (age 39); actor Victoria Justice in 1993 (age 31); tennis player Katharina Gerlach in 1998 (age 26); actor David Mazouz in 2001 (age 23); actor Millie Bobby Brown in 2004 (age 20).


On this date in history:

In 1878, Thomas Edison patented the first gramophone. Edison, who also invented the incandescent light bulb and motion picture camera, died in 1931.

In 1922, vaudeville star Ed Wynn became the first big name in show business to sign for a regular radio show.

In 1942, as a security measure during World War II, the U.S. government began relocating Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas to internment camps in remote areas of several states. They were allowed to return to their homes in January 1945.

In 1945, U.S. Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima, opening one of the major battles in the Pacific during World War II.

In 1981, the United States blamed insurgency in El Salvador on communist powers arming leftist guerrillas.

In 1986, the Soviet Union launched the Mir space station. It was occupied for 10 of its 15 years in orbit.

In 1997, China's "paramount leader" Deng Xiaoping died at age 92.

In 2003, all 275 people aboard an Iranian military transport plane were killed when it crashed in a mountainous region of southeastern Iran.


In 2005, U.S. Roman Catholic officials said they received 1,092 charges of clergy sex abuse, most involving boys.

In 2008, Cuban President Fidel Castro, 81, who temporarily handed power to his brother, Raul, in July 2006, because of illness, stepped down permanently after 49 years in power. Raul, 76, then formally succeeded him.

In 2020, a gunman opened fire at multiple locations, including two bars, in Hanau, Germany, killing 10 people, then himself. Authorities said the perpetrator was a far-right extremist who targeted hookah bars frequented by Turkish-Kurdish customers.

In 2023, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Daytona 500 in double overtime after a slew of late wrecks that pushed the race to a record 212 laps in Daytona, Fla. Former NBA player Brad Daugherty became the first Black owner to win the Daytona 500 and part-owner Jodi Geschickter became the first woman.

A thought for the day: U.S. President Bill Clinton said, "The future is not an inheritance, it is an opportunity and an obligation."

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