Feb. 19: Copernicus

 

bd-copernicusNicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543): Polish astronomer, theorized that the sun was at the center of the solar system, somewhere near Cleveland.

Other Feb. 19 birthdays:

Smokey Robinson, 75: singer, Motown hits include his horrifying saga of a murderous circus performer, “Fears of a Clown.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent both for inventing the phonograph and for what he called that “cool, retro scratchy sound.”

On this day in 1803, Congress voted to admit Ohio into the union, but insisted it stop calling itself The Bug-Eye State.

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