19th February
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1914 Seating For Single Women in Pittsburgh theaters

After a number of single women had complained of harassment while attending the movie theaters in the Pittsburgh area, a new law is passed which requires a separate seating area for single women in all cinemas.

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1473 Nicolas Copernicus, The First Modern Astronomer, is Born

The father of modern astronomy was born in Torun, Poland on this day. He was the first European scientist to propose that the earth goes round the sun.

In his day, Philosophers decreed that the planets moved only in circles but astronomers challenged this view based on their observations.

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1878 Phonograph is Patented

The previous year Thomas Edison had demonstrated his new sound recording technology.

He recorded the words 'Mary Had a little Lamb' on a cylinder that required needles to play.

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1916 The first annual Movie Costume and Civic Ball is held at New York's Madison Square Garden. It is attended by Lionel Barrymore, Pearl White, and Fatty Arbuckle.
1968 Damages are awarded to 62 thalidomide children
1977 Stevie Wonder wins Grammy for Best Album (Songs in the Key of Life) and Best male Pop Vocalist.

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