About February 19

February 19, 2021 is the 50th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 347 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1878
    Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
  • 1939
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 2006
    A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.

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