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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, 24,791,040 minutes 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

  • 1943
    World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
  • 1949
    Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
  • 1960
    China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.
  • 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.
  • 2034
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 19?

  • 1473
    Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
  • 1630
    Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)
  • 1722
    Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
  • 1804
    David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • 1963
    Jessica Tuck, American actress

Who died on February 19?

  • 1602
    Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)
  • 1887
    Multatuli, Dutch writer (b. 1820)
  • 1936
    Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
  • 1973
    Kostas Negrepontis, Greek footballer (b. 1897)
  • 1998
    Grandpa Jones, American entertainer (b. 1913)

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