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On This Day in History - 19th February

Birthdays

1473Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer
1743Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and cellist
1911Merle Oberon, Tasmanian born film actress
1924Lee Marvin, American film actor
1960Prince Andrew, Duke of York
1962Hana Mandlikova, Tennis player
1963Seal, Singer

Events

1855There were bread riots in Liverpool
1878Thomas Edison, the US inventor, patented the phongraph
1897Charles Blondin, the French tightrope walker, died
1906William Kellogg founded his breakfast cereal company
1942During World War 2 Darwin, Australia, was bombed by the Japanese
1976Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over the 'cod war'
1982In Ireland, the Fianna party won the General Election
1982John De Lorean's car making company became bankrupt
1985The first ever episode of 'Eastenders' was broadcast
1992North and South Korea officially ended their 40 year confrontation