What happened this day in history February 19

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

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 6, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,582,070,400 seconds 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 359 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 2,616 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 19 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1674
    England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
  • 1807
    In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
  • 1861
    Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
  • 1949
    Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
  • 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.
  • 1986
    The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
  • 2001
    The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 2015
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Sheep in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 19?

  • 1936
    Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1940
    Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • 1945
    Michael Nader, American actor
  • 1949
    William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
  • 1951
    Stephen Nichols, American actor
  • 1952
    Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexican astronaut
  • 1955
    Jeff Daniels, American actor
  • 1957
    Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1967
    Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
  • 1975
    Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback)

Who died on February 19?

  • 1589
    Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1716
    Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1806
    Elizabeth Carter, English writer (b. 1717)
  • 1837
    Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • 1837
    Thomas Burgess, English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David’s and Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1756)
  • 1927
    Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (b. 1847)
  • 1975
    Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Alice White, American film actress (b. 1904)
  • 1997
    Leo Rosten, American Yiddish writer and humorist (b. 1908)
  • 1999
    Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated) (b. 1943)

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