February 19, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

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