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TO­DAY IS TUES­DAY, FEB. 19, the 50th day of 2019. There are 315 days left in the year.

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT IN HIS­TORY: On this date in 1968, the chil­dren’s pro­gram “Mis­ter Rogers’ Neigh­bor­hood,” cre­ated by and star­ring Fred Rogers, made its net­work de­but on Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Tele­vi­sion, a fore­run­ner of PBS, be­gin­ning a 31-sea­son run.

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 1846, the Texas state gov­ern­ment was for­mally in­stalled in Austin, with J. Pinck­ney Hen­der­son tak­ing the oath of of­fice as gov­er­nor.

In 1881, Kansas pro­hib­ited the man­u­fac­ture and sale of al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

In 1942, dur­ing World War II, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt signed Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066, which paved the way for the re­lo­ca­tion and in­tern­ment of peo­ple of Ja­panese an­ces­try, in­clud­ing U.S.-born cit­i­zens. Im­pe­rial Ja­panese war­planes raided the Aus­tralian city of Dar­win; at least 243 peo­ple were killed.

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

In 1963, “The Fem­i­nine Mys­tique” by Betty Friedan was first pub­lished by W.W. Nor­ton & Co.

In 1986, the U.S. Se­nate ap­proved, 83-11, the Geno­cide Con­ven­tion, an in­ter­na­tional treaty out­law­ing “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, the last of China’s ma­jor Com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, died at age 92.

In 2006, Is­rael halted the trans­fer of hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in tax money to the Pales­tini­ans af­ter Ha­mas took con­trol of the Pales­tinian par­lia­ment.

In 2008, an ail­ing Fidel Cas­tro re­signed the Cuban pres­i­dency af­ter nearly a half­cen­tury in power; his brother Raul was later named to suc­ceed him.

TO­DAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Singer Smokey Robin­son and ac­tress Car­lin Glynn are 79. For­mer Sony Corp. Chair­man Howard Stringer is 77. Singer Lou Christie is 76. Ac­tor Stephen Ni­chols is 68. Au­thor Amy Tan is 67. Ac­tor Jeff Daniels is 64. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Dave Wake­l­ing is 63. Talk show host Lo­ri­anne Crook and ac­tor Ray Win­stone are 62. Ac­tor Les­lie David Baker is 61. NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell is 60. Bri­tain’s Prince An­drew is 59. Ten­nis Hall-of-Famer Hana Man­d­likova is 57. Singer Seal and ac­tress Jes­sica Tuck are 56. Rock mu­si­cian Jon Fish­man (Phish) is 54. Ac­tress Jus­tine Bate­man is 53. Ac­tor Beni­cio Del Toro is 52. Ac­tress Bel­lamy Young is 49. Rock mu­si­cian Daniel Adair is 44. Pop singer-ac­tress Haylie Duff and ac­tress Arielle Kebbel are 34.

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