What Happened on February 19

Significant Events

  • 356 Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
  • 1600 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
  • 1861 Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom [NS=Mar 3]
  • 1878 Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
  • 1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1945 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
More Historical Events

February 19 in Film & TV

  • 2008 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc

February 19 in Music

  • 1981 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" with Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"

February 19 in Sport

  • 1946 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League

Did You Know?

Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's

On February 19, 1906


Would You Believe?

980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma

On February 19, 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1934 US entertainer Bob Hope weds fellow entertainer Dolores DeFina
  • 1964 Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England
  • 1995 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico
  • 2008 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London
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