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Five Things to Know About Feb. 19

What will today bring?

Welcome to Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2012! Here are some interesting facts about today: 

1. Listen to this! On this date in 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. 

2. On Feb. 19, 1045, more than 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on the Japanese Isaland of Iwo Jima. The battle resulted in 20,000 enemy deaths and 6,800 American deaths. Only 216 Japanese were captured as prisoners, as their commander vowed to never surrender. 

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3. Famous Birthdays: American actor Jeff Daniels is 58; British singer Seal is 50 and actor Benicio del Toro is 46.

4. The weather today will be rainy with a high near 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The evening will be mostly clear with a low temperature of about 28. 

5. Do you like cartoons? Starting today at noon (and until March 9) you can find the work of Paul McGehee, creator of The Green Weenii at the Artspace 109 gallery in Alexandria. Click here for more!

Have a great day!


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