On this day: September 19

Published On: Sep 19 2012 12:48:40 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 19 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

George Washington says goodbye, America takes nuclear testing underground, Simon & Garfunkel reunite in Central Park, and emoticons are born, all on this day.

OTD September 19 - Witold Pilecki
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1940: Polish soldier Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance. His report enabled the Polish government-in-exile to convince the Allies that the Holocaust was taking place.

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