19 February 2013

Timeline February 19 to 21

February 19
1473  Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician & astronomer, was born in Torun, Poland.
1674  England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1878  Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

February 20
1902  Ansel Adams, the photographer noted for his landscapes of the American West, was born.
1962  Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

February 21
1621  Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials, was born.
1910  Sir Douglas Bader, British pilot & air ace, was born.
1947  Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
1974  Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player, died.

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