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, 439,464 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 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

  • 197
    Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
  • 1847
    The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
  • 1884
    More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
  • 1901
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.

Who were born on February 19?

  • 1552
    Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
  • 1859
    Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
  • 1869
    Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
  • 1924
    David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1929
    Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1932
    Joseph P. Kerwin, NASA astronaut
  • 1941
    David Gross, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1952
    Amy Tan, American novelist
  • 1981
    Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • 1983
    Kotoōshū Katsunori, Bulgarian sumo wrestler

Who died on February 19?

  • 197
    Clodius Albinus, Roman governor of Britain
  • 1589
    Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1605
    Orazio Vecchi, Italian composer (b. 1550)
  • 1799
    Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (b. 1733)
  • 1936
    Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • 1942
    Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1952
    Knut Hamsun, Norwegian author, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1972
    John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • 2001
    Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2011
    Ollie Matson, American Football Running Back (b. 1930)

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