On This Day

What Happened on February 19, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima

Famous Birthdays

  • Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • Michael Nader, actor (Dynasty, All My Children)
  • Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • John Basilone, American Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), is killed in action at Iwo Jima at 26
  • Wim Speelman, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 26