What happened on February 19? There are more than 279 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 19

February 19 In HistoryFebruary 19 is the 50th day of the year 2020. There are 316 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 8th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Calhoun, Tennessee 37309 sunrise occured at 07:20 AM and sunset occured at 06:25 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 359 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 19

  • 197
    Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
  • 356
    Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
  • 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
    The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
  • 1674
    England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
  • 1807
    In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
  • 1819
    British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
  • 1846
    In Austin, Texas the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas’ annexation by the United States.
  • 1847
    The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
  • 1859
    Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This is the 1st time this defense is successfully used in the United States.
  • 1861
    Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
  • 1876
    Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
  • 1878
    Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
  • 1884
    More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
  • 1915
    World War I: The first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.
  • 1921
    Rezā Shāh takes control of Tehran during a successful coup
  • 1937
    Yekatit 12: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Eritrean nationalists attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades. Italian authorities exact vicious reprisals on the population.
  • 1942
    World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
  • 1942
    World War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
  • 1943
    World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
  • 1945
    World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.
  • 1949
    Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
  • 1953
    Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
  • 1959
    The United Kingdom grants Cyprus independence, which is then formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
  • 1960
    China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.
  • 1963
    The publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique reawakens the Feminist Movement in the United States as women’s organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
  • 1972
    The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • 1976
    Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417
  • 1978
    Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
  • 1985
    Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
  • 1985
    Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
  • 1986
    Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
  • 1986
    The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
  • 1999
    President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
  • 2001
    The 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.
  • 2006
    A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
  • 2015
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Sheep in Chinese astrology.

Who Were Born On February 19?

  • 1473
    Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
  • 1526
    Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)
  • 1552
    Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
  • 1630
    Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)
  • 1660
    Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)
  • 1717
    David Garrick, British actor (d. 1779)
  • 1722
    Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
  • 1743
    Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (d. 1805)
  • 1780
    Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
  • 1802
    Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
  • 1804
    Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
  • 1804
    David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • 1821
    August Schleicher, German linguist (d. 1868)
  • 1833
    Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1906)
  • 1843
    Adelina Patti, Italian opera singer (d. 1919)
  • 1855
    Nishinoumi Kajirō I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Yokozuna (d. 1908)
  • 1859
    Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
  • 1865
    Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (d. 1952)
  • 1869
    Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
  • 1876
    Constantin Brâncuşi, Romanian sculptor (d. 1957)
  • 1877
    Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
  • 1880
    Alvaro Obregon, Mexican president (d. 1928)
  • 1886
    José Abad Santos, Filipino jurist and lawyer (d. 1942)
  • 1888
    Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1888
    José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (d. 1928)
  • 1893
    Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
  • 1895
    Diego Mazquiarán, Spanish matador ( d. 1940 )
  • 1895
    Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1896
    André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
  • 1897
    Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
  • 1899
    Lucio Fontana, Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)
  • 1899
    Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • 1902
    Kay Boyle, American writer (d. 1992)
  • 1904
    Havank, Dutch writer (d. 1964)
  • 1904
    Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, Irish writer (d. 1950)
  • 1910
    Dorothy Janis, American silent film actress (d. 2010)
  • 1911
    Merle Oberon, British actress (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913
    Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne (d. 2007)
  • 1914
    Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (d. 1997)
  • 1917
    Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
  • 1920
    C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    George Rose, British music hall entertainer (d. 1988)
  • 1920
    Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Bruce Norris, American ice hockey executive (d. 1986)
  • 1924
    David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    František Vláčil, Czech film director, painter, and graphic artist (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1929
    Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1930
    John Frankenheimer, American film director (d. 2002)
  • 1930
    K Viswanath, South Indian film director
  • 1932
    Joseph P. Kerwin, NASA astronaut
  • 1934
    Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1935
    Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (d. 2010)
  • 1936
    Marin Sorescu, Romanian writer and novelist (d. 1997)
  • 1936
    Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1937
    Robert Walker Jr., American blues guitarist
  • 1938
    Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, Tibetan religious figure (d. 1989)
  • 1938
    René Muñoz, Cuban-born Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1939
    Gwen Taylor, English actress
  • 1940
    Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • 1940
    Smokey Robinson, American singer
  • 1941
    David Gross, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942
    Paul Krause, American football player
  • 1943
    Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
  • 1943
    Lou Christie, American singer
  • 1943
    Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1945
    Jürgen Rumor, German footballer
  • 1945
    Michael Nader, American actor
  • 1945
    Yuri Antonov, Soviet-Russian rock musician
  • 1946
    Hiroshi Fujioka, Japanese actor
  • 1946
    Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
  • 1946
    Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
  • 1946
    Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1947
    Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1948
    Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1948
    Mark Andes, American musician
  • 1948
    Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
  • 1948
    Tony Iommi, English guitarist (Black Sabbath)
  • 1949
    Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (d. 1998)
  • 1949
    William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
  • 1950
    Andy Powell, British musician
  • 1950
    Juice Leskinen, Finnish songwriter
  • 1951
    Stephen Nichols, American actor
  • 1951
    Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
  • 1952
    Amy Tan, American novelist
  • 1952
    Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexican astronaut
  • 1953
    Bill Kirchenbauer American comedian and actor
  • 1953
    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
  • 1953
    Massimo Troisi, Italian actor (d. 1994)
  • 1954
    Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1955
    Jeff Daniels, American actor
  • 1956
    Dave Wakeling, English musician (The (English) Beat, General Public)
  • 1956
    Kathleen Beller, American actress
  • 1956
    Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1957
    Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1957
    Lorianne Crook, Television Personality
  • 1957
    Ray Winstone, British actor
  • 1958
    Helen Fielding, English writer
  • 1960
    Leslie Ash, English actress
  • 1960
    Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • 1961
    Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • 1961
    Benoît Chamoux, French mountaineer (d. 1995)
  • 1961
    Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1962
    Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
  • 1962
    John Laroche, American orchid poacher
  • 1963
    Jessica Tuck, American actress
  • 1963
    Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
  • 1963
    Seal, English singer
  • 1964
    Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
  • 1964
    Doug Aldrich, American musician (Whitesnake)
  • 1964
    Sonu Walia, Indian actress
  • 1965
    Cathy Lane, English Swimmer
  • 1965
    Jon Fishman, American musician (Phish)
  • 1965
    Leroy, American musician (Smash Mouth)
  • 1966
    Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • 1966
    Justine Bateman, American actress
  • 1966
    Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis player
  • 1967
    Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
  • 1969
    Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • 1970
    Joacim Cans, Swedish singer (HammerFall)
  • 1971
    Gil Shaham, Israeli-born American violinist
  • 1971
    Lisa McCune, Australian actress
  • 1971
    Miguel Batista, Dominican baseball player
  • 1972
    Francine, American professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Eric Lange, Nickelodeon’s Victorious Mr. Sikowitz
  • 1974
    Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
  • 1975
    Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • 1975
    Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback)
  • 1975
    Katja Schuurman, Dutch actress and singer
  • 1975
    Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • 1976
    Jahidi White, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • 1977
    Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
  • 1978
    Immortal Technique, Peruvian-born American rapper
  • 1978
    Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-born Cypriot footballer
  • 1979
    Andrew Buchan, English Actor
  • 1979
    Bassnectar, American Dubstep/Electronica musician
  • 1979
    Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 1979
    Mariska, Finnish rapper
  • 1979
    Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • 1980
    David Gandy, British model
  • 1980
    Dwight Freeney, American football player
  • 1980
    Ma Lin, Chinese table tennis player
  • 1980
    Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Neleh Dennis, American reality show contestant
  • 1981
    Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
  • 1981
    Daniel Letterle, American actor and singer
  • 1981
    Gil Reyes, American boxer
  • 1981
    Kyle Martino, American soccer player
  • 1981
    Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • 1981
    Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Vitas, Russian singer
  • 1982
    Camelia Potec, Romanian swimmer
  • 1983
    Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
  • 1983
    Kotoōshū Katsunori, Bulgarian sumo wrestler
  • 1983
    Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1983
    Ryan Whitney, American ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
  • 1985
    Arielle Kebbel, American actress
  • 1985
    Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • 1986
    Björn Gustafsson, Swedish comedian
  • 1986
    Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
  • 1986
    Jayde Nicole, Canadian model
  • 1986
    Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
  • 1986
    Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Michael Schwimer, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Reon Kadena, Japanese model and actress
  • 1988
    Miyu Irino, Japanese voice actor
  • 1990
    Luke Pasqualino, English actor
  • 1991
    Trevor Bayne, American race car Driver
  • 1993
    Empress Schuck, Filipina actress
  • 1993
    Victoria Justice, American actress

Who Died On February 19?

  • 197
    Clodius Albinus, Roman governor of Britain
  • 1133
    Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)
  • 1553
    Erasmus Reinhold, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1511)
  • 1589
    Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1602
    Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)
  • 1605
    Orazio Vecchi, Italian composer (b. 1550)
  • 1620
    Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (b. 1547)
  • 1622
    Sir Henry Savile, English educator (b. 1549)
  • 1653
    Luigi de Rossi, Italian composer (b. 1597)
  • 1663
    Adam Adami, German bishop and diplomat (b. 1603)
  • 1670
    King Frederick III of Denmark (b. 1609)
  • 1672
    Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)
  • 1709
    Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)
  • 1716
    Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1789
    Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (b. 1738)
  • 1799
    Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (b. 1733)
  • 1806
    Elizabeth Carter, English writer (b. 1717)
  • 1837
    Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • 1837
    Thomas Burgess, English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David’s and Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1756)
  • 1887
    Multatuli, Dutch writer (b. 1820)
  • 1897
    Karl Weierstraß, German mathematician (b. 1815)
  • 1916
    Ernst Mach, Austrian-Czech physicist and philosopher (b. 1838)
  • 1927
    Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (b. 1847)
  • 1936
    Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
  • 1936
    Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • 1942
    Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1951
    André Gide, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • 1952
    Knut Hamsun, Norwegian author, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1957
    Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • 1959
    Willard Miller, American sailor (b. 1877)
  • 1962
    Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 1968
    Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • 1969
    Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1970
    Christoforos Nezer, Greek actor (b. 1887)
  • 1972
    John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • 1972
    Lee Morgan, American jazz musician (b. 1938)
  • 1972
    Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • 1973
    Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
  • 1973
    Kostas Negrepontis, Greek footballer (b. 1897)
  • 1975
    Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • 1977
    Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1977
    Mike González, Cuban baseball player (b. 1890)
  • 1980
    Bon Scott, Australian singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)
  • 1983
    Alice White, American film actress (b. 1904)
  • 1986
    Adolfo Celi, Italian actor (b. 1922)
  • 1988
    André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1992
    Tojo Yamamoto, American professional wrestler (b. 1927)
  • 1994
    Derek Jarman, British film director (b. 1942)
  • 1996
    Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (b. 1924)
  • 1996
    Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (b. 1918)
  • 1997
    Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Communist leader and revolutionary (b. 1904)
  • 1997
    Leo Rosten, American Yiddish writer and humorist (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Grandpa Jones, American entertainer (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated) (b. 1943)
  • 2000
    Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2001
    Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • 2001
    Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Johnny Paycheck, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2008
    Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • 2008
    Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • 2009
    Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b. 1945)
  • 2010
    Jamie Gillis, American pornographic actor, director (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Laura Spurr, American chairperson of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • 2011
    Ollie Matson, American Football Running Back (b. 1930)

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