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What are the important events that happened on February 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 19 is the 50th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 6, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 413,184 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac 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 365 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,521 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 19 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1921
    Rezā Shāh takes control of Tehran during a successful coup
  • 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.
  • 1996
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 19?

  • 1899
    Lucio Fontana, Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)
  • 1940
    Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • 1945
    Michael Nader, American actor
  • 1954
    Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1972
    Francine, American professional wrestler

Who died on February 19?

  • 1620
    Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (b. 1547)
  • 1672
    Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)
  • 1988
    André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 2001
    Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2009
    Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b. 1945)

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