TODAY IN HISTORY
The U.S. Army Air Corps began delivering mail after President Franklin D. Roosevelt canceled private contracts that had come under suspicion.
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.
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.
An Iranian military plane carrying 275 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in southeastern Iran, killing all on board.
An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.
Singer Smokey Robinson is 80. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 78. Author Amy Tan is 68. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 61. Singer Seal is 57. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 53. Actress Victoria Justice is 27. Actress Millie Bobby Brown is 16.