Historical Events on February 19

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Victory in battleVictory in Battle

197 Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus
  • 356 Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
  • 607 Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 842 Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstates the veneration of icons in churches
  • 1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia
  • 1539 Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czech), expelled
  • 1574 Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp, Netherlands
  • 1582 Francis of Valois becomes Duke of Brabant

CrownRoyal Coronation

1594 Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.

  • 1600 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
  • 1634 Battle of Smolensk: King Wladyslaw IV of Poland beats Russians [NS=Mar 1]
  • 1674 Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
  • 1700 Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1736 George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast" premieres at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

  • 1771 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
  • 1797 One third of papal domain ceded to France

  • 1803 US Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
  • 1807 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles

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1807 US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1819 British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • 1825 Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck" premieres in Vienna
  • 1831 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run in Pennsylvania
  • 1846 Texas state government formally installed in Austin
  • 1852 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1856 Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
  • 1864 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington, D.C. (12 members)
  • 1869 US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

1878 Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
  • 1881 Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
  • 1884 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
  • 1900 British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
  • 1906 Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's
  • 1910 English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1910 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area

  • 1913 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box
  • 1913 Mexican General Victoriano Huerta takes power with US support
  • 1914 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • 1914 Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous 'child in the post' instance
  • 1915 British fleet opens fire on Dardanelles coast

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1919 Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1920 Netherlands joins League of Nations

  • 1922 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
  • 1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres
  • 1923 Philip Barry's "You & I" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
  • 1928 II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1928 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • 1928 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)
  • 1928 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • 1928 World champion French team Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet win the Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; the couple marry in 1929 and take 2nd straight gold in 1932
  • 1929 Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1934 US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months
  • 1935 Clifford Odets' "Awake & Sing" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1936 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain for the second time

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 1938 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
  • 1941 Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
  • 1941 Nazi police raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • 1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1942 Bill Longson beats Managoff & Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ
  • 1942 Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942 Japanese troops land on Timor
  • 1942 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
  • 1942 NY Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
  • 1943 German tanks under Generalmajor Karl Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass, Tunisia
  • 1944 823 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 U-264 sinks off Ireland
  • 1945 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945 Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1945 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
  • 1946 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
  • 1947 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1949 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • 1949 Mass arrests of communists in India
  • 1950 Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
  • 1952 French offensive at Hanoi
  • 1953 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
  • 1953 William Inge's "Picnic" premieres in NYC
  • 1955 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • 1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • 1959 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • 1959 Gabon adopts its constitution
  • 1959 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM
  • 1960 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • 1960 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
  • 1960 Swedish cross country skier Sixten Jernberg follows his 50k gold medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956) with victory in 30k event at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics
  • 1960 Three time Canadian world champions Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul win the pairs figure skating Olympic gold medal at Squaw Valley, CA
  • 1961 Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
  • 1961 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1963 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

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1963 USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1963 "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan, widely credited as the start of second-wave feminism, is published

  • 1964 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • 1965 NFL adds 6th official - the line judge
  • 1967 Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater
  • 1968 1st US teachers' strike (Florida)
  • 1968 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuts on NET (now PBS)
  • 1970 AL Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking
  • 1970 USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite

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1971 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1971 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1971 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

  • 1972 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • 1972 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • 1973 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • 1974 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • 1976 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara

  • 1977 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • 1977 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • 1977 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • 1977 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • 1977 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points
  • 1978 "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 1978 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
  • 1978 Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1978 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison takes lead with 11 laps remaining; lowest starting position (33rd) for winner until 2007
  • 1980 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • 1980 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,000m in Olympic record 1:15.18; third of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980 Washington beats Montreal, 3-1 to end the Canadiens' 34 game unbeaten streak against Capitals; Caps 0-32-2 against Montreal since entering NHL in 1974
  • 1980 Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark wins the giant slalom from Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; also takes slalom gold
  • 1980 Ulrich Wehling of East Germany wins his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Nordic combined event at Lake Placid; winner Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1982 Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
  • 1982 Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1983 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
  • 1983 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • 1984 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 1984 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1984 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • 1984 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • 1984 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • 1984 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1985 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain
  • 1985 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
  • 1985 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
  • 1985 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
  • 1985 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1985 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC
  • 1986 King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
  • 1986 US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • 1986 USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
  • 1987 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 1987 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • 1987 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1988 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
  • 1989 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1989 Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
  • 1989 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins when Hendrick Racing team decides to use fuel strategy, being the only car not to pit in the closing laps
  • 1990 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • 1990 Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • 1992 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
  • 1992 Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992
  • 1992 Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie
  • 1992 In a blockbuster NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins send Mark Recchi, Brian Benning & LA's 1st round 1992 pick (Jason Bowen) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet & Ken Wregget
  • 1993 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • 1993 "Happy Nation" debut studio album by Ace of Base is released
  • 1995 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV
  • 1995 Irina Privalova runs indoor woman's European record 200m (22.10 sec)
  • 1995 Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize
  • 1995 Linford Christie runs world record 200m indoor (20.25 sec) and European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
  • 1995 Michael Tippett's "Rose Lake," premieres
  • 1995 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
  • 1997 FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
  • 1998 Soyuz TM-26 lands
  • 1998 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • 2001 An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial
  • 2002 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • 2004 Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2006 55th NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: East beats West, 122-120; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2006 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson driving from Hendrick Motorsports wins 203 lap race; goes on to win his first championship
  • 2006 59th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • 2007 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala
  • 2007 Blogging website Tumblr is founded by David Karp in New York
  • 2008 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • 2008 Serzh Sargsyan wins the Armenian Presidential Election
  • 2012 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
  • 2013 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a

Music awardsMusic Awards

2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 2014 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters
  • 2014 Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjørndalen (sprint gold) and Emil Hegle Svendsen (mass start gold), each win their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mixed relay
  • 2014 Canadian team Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes win their second consecutive Olympic 2-woman bobsleigh gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014 Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her Olympic 5,000m title (Vancouver 2010) in Sochi; also Vancouver 3,000m gold
  • 2014 After winning the combined gold in Turin (2006), American alpine skier Ted Ligety has to wait 8 years for his next Olympic success, gold in the giant slalom in Sochi
  • 2017 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F
  • 2018 Canadian team of Justin Kripps & Alexander Kopacz dead-heat in 3:16.86 with Germans Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis for the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • 2018 Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians
  • 2018 At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique
  • 2018 Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Bernie Sanders announces he is running for President for a second time

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2019 New York city bans hair discrimination, to limit racial stereotyping
  • 2019 Vatican confirms secret church guidelines for children of priests