Today in history 2/19/2017

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2/19/2017:

Today in history, Philip V (see picture below) of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid in 1701.

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Today in history, Russian Tsar Alexander II (see picture below) abolishes serfdom in 1861.

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Today in history, Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France in 1902.

Today in history, President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax in 1925.

Today in history, Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years in 1926.

Today in history, The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities in 1944.

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