Historical Events on 19th February

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197 - Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon
356 - Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
607 - Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
842 - Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches
1512 - French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia
1537 - Weavers of Leiden, Netherlands, strike
1539 - Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czech), expelled
1574 - Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp, Netherlands
1582 - Francis of Valois becomes duke of Brabant
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.
Roman Emperor Septimius SeverusRoman Emperor Septimius Severus 1600 - The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
1634 - Battle of Smolensk: King Wladyslaw IV of Poland beats Russians [NS=Mar 1]
1674 - Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
1700 - Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark
1736 - George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres
1771 - Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
1797 - One third of papal domain ceded to France
1803 - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
Composer George Friedrich HandelComposer George Friedrich Handel 1807 - British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles
1807 - VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted
1819 - British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
1825 - Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck," premieres in Vienna
1831 - 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn
1846 - Texas state government formally installed in Austin
1852 - The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1856 - Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
1861 - Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom [NS=Mar 3]
1864 - Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Wash DC (12 members)
1869 - US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
1881 - Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
1884 - Tornadoes in Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people
1900 - British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
1906 - WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co (later Kelloggs)
1910 - English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"
1913 - 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box
1913 - Mexican General V Huerta takes power with US support
1914 - Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini," premieres in Turin
1915 - British fleet fire on Dardanelles coast
Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du BoisCivil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois 1919 - Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)
1920 - Netherlands joins League of Nations
1922 - Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
1923 - Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony, premieres
1923 - Philip Barry's "You & I," premieres in NYC
1927 - General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
1928 - 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
1928 - Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
1929 - Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY
1932 - William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"
1933 - Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
Author and Nobel Laureate William FaulknerAuthor and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner 1934 - US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months
1935 - Clifford Odets' "Awake & Sing," premieres in NYC
1936 - Manuel Azaña becomes Spanish premier
1938 - Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
1941 - Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
1941 - Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
1942 - About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
1942 - Bill Longson beats Managoff & Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ
1942 - Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1942 - FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
1942 - Japanese troops land on Timor
1942 - Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
1942 - NY Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
1943 - German tanks under brig gen Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunesia
1944 - 823 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 - U-264 sinks off Ireland
1945 - 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
1945 - Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated
1945 - US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
1946 - Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
1947 - CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
1949 - "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
Poet Ezra PoundPoet Ezra Pound 1949 - 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
1949 - Mass arrests of communists in India
1952 - French offensive at Hanoi
1953 - Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
1953 - William Inge's "Picnic," premieres in NYC
1955 - South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
1956 - Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
1958 - Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
1959 - Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1959 - Gabon adopts its constitution
1959 - USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM
1960 - Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
1960 - Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
1961 - Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
1961 - Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Poet Robert FrostPoet Robert Frost 1963 - Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize
1963 - USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
1964 - UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
1965 - NFL adds 6th official
1967 - Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater
1968 - 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)
1969 - 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
1970 - AL Cy Young winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking
1970 - USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
1971 - Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 1971 - Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
1972 - Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
1972 - The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
1974 - 1st American Music Award: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
1976 - Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
1977 - 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
1977 - A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
1977 - Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket w/Gilmour
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album released
1977 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1977 - Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
1978 - "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 perfs
1978 - Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
1978 - Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC
1980 - Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
1980 - Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 1981 - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
1982 - Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
1982 - Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
1982 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1983 - Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
1983 - Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
1984 - "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
1984 - 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 - 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
1985 - 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
1985 - ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
1985 - Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
1985 - Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
1985 - William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky
1986 - King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
1986 - US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
1986 - USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
1987 - "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
1987 - Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner
1987 - Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
1987 - Minnisota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G Harrelson
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1987 - US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
1988 - Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
1989 - "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 perfs
1989 - Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
1990 - Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
1990 - Soyuz TM-9 lands
1992 - "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
1992 - Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy for You," premieres in NYC
1992 - Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992
1992 - Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie
1993 - Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
1994 - Marta Figueras-Dotti wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1995 - 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV
1995 - Irina Privalova runs indoor woman's European record 200m (22.10 sec)
1995 - Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize
1995 - Linford Christie runs world record 200m indoor (20.25 sec) and European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
1995 - Michael Tippett's "Rose Lake," premieres
1996 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
1997 - FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
1998 - Soyuz TM-26 lands
1998 - US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
2001 - An 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.
2004 - Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."
2007 - Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
2008 - Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
2012 - 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
2013 - 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a
2014 - 2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, & Arctic Monkeys win

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