About February 19

February 19, 2022 is the 50th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 337 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.
  • 1600
    The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
  • 1876
    Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
  • 1878
    Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2015
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Sheep in Chinese astrology.

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