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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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