The Only Things That Happened on This Day in History

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1878: Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

1881: Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

2004: Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader’s collapse.

2008: An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.

2008: Toshiba, creator of the HD DVD, conceded to Sony’s rival Blu-ray format.

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~ by thehalobender on February 19, 2009.

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