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This Week in History

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

February 14, 1803: Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.

February 15, 1943: Wartime propaganda poster "We Can Do It!" produced by J. Howard Miller and posted on the walls of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company's plants in the Midwest.

February 16, 1861: Abraham Lincoln stops his train at Westfield on his way to Washington to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes.

February 17, 1815: Treaty of Ghent ratified by the US Senate and signed by President James Madison ending War of 1812, over a month after it was signed in Europe.

February 18, 1901: Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.

February 19, 1945: US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.

February 20, 1941: Nazi Germany orders Polish Jews barred from using public transportation.

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