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February 19 - Today in History
By Staff
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0197 - Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon
0197 - D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
0356 - Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
0607 - Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0842 - Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches
1401 - William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
1512 - French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia
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
1619 - Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague
1634 - Battle at Smolensk: Polish king Wladyslaw IV beats Russians [NS=Mar 1]
1674 - Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
1771 - Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
1797 - 1/3 of papal domain ceded to France
1803 - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
1807 - British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelle
1807 - Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
1831 - 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Pennsylvania
1846 - Texas state government formally installed in Austin
1856 - Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
1859 - Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used
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
1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
1881 - Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
1884 - Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana kill 800 people
1906 - WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company
1913 - 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box
1913 - Mexican General V Huerta takes power with US support
1915 - British fleet fire on Dardanellen coast
1919 - Pan-African Congress, organized by W. E. B. DuBois (Paris)
1920 - Netherlands joins League of Nations
1922 - Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
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
1933 - Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
1934 - Bob & Dolores Hope marry
1934 - US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months
1936 - Manuel Azaca becomes Spanish premier
1938 - Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
1941 - Nazi police attacks & 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
1942 - FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
1942 - Japanese troop 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 - 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima
1945 - 900 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days
1945 - Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated
1945 - US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
1946 - Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the Mexican League
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 - Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
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 and 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
1963 - Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize
1963 - USSR informs JFK it's withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
1964 - UK flies ton of Beatle wigs to 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 and Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
1971 - Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK
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
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 - 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
1981 - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
1982 - Sharie Langford, Calif, 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 - 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 and 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, Kentucky
1986 - Jordanian King Hussein 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 - 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 - Minnesota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G Harrelson
1987 - Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
1989 - Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
1990 - Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
1990 - Soyuz TM-9 lands
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
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)
1995 - Linford Christie runs European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
1997 - FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
1998 - Soyuz TM-26 lands
1998 - Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
1998 - US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan

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