About February 19

February 19, 2020 is the 50th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 316 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 359 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1876
    Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
  • 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: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1986
    Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
  • 2006
    A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
  • 2034
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.

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