President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 – Secrets in the News: February 13 – February 19, 2016

First-graders, some of Japanese ancestry, at the Weill public school, San Francisco, Calif., pledging allegiance to the United States flag. April 1942. Photo attributed to Dorothea Lange

First-graders, some of Japanese ancestry, at the Weill public school, San Francisco, Calif., pledging allegiance to the United States flag. April 1942. Photo attributed to Dorothea Lange

1. On This Day: February 19
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which enabled the military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children during WWII. Learn more at History.com.

Browse images related to Secrets of the Dead: Japanese Supersub, including photos of the original Japanese and United States naval crews, stills from animated renderings of the I-400 in action, and the final moment of surrender when the sub was captured.

2. At Least 100 Bodies Found in Sewer System Under Prison
Colombian authorities are investigating the disappearance of at least 100 people at one of Colombia’s largest and most overpopulated prisons, La Modelo. The bodies were allegedly thrown into a sewer system. Learn more at CNN.

3. Perfectly Preserved Bronze Age Wheel at ‘British Pompeii’ Discovered
Archaeologists excavated the largest and most perfectly preserved wheel made of oak planks at a site in Cambridgeshire called eastern England’s Pompeii. The wheel is nearly 3,000 years old. Read more at The Guardian.

4. Ancient Humans May Have Left Genetic Mark in Neanderthals’ DNA
On top of evidence that humans carry Neanderthal DNA, a new study shows Neanderthals in Siberia had pieces of human DNA. Read more at The New York Times.

5. Oldest Known Dress Made More Than 5,000 Years Ago
The first known dress, “Tarkhan Dress,” which dates to around 3,482 B.C., was identified in France this week. The earliest known bar and restaurant were also identified. The discoveries provide a glimpse of what early life was like in both ancient Egypt and southern France thousands of years ago. Learn more at Discovery.

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