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1971Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

197Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon

1919Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)

19491st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

1963USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

1981George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"

1932William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

1942FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

1878Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)

1736George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres

1987US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland

1963Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

February 19th Historical Events
Date Event
197
Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon 
356
Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples 
607
Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
842
Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches 
1512
French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia 
1537
Weavers of Leiden, Netherlands, strike 
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 
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. 
1600
The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America. 
1634
Battle of Smolensk: King Wladyslaw IV of Poland beats Russians [NS=Mar 1] 
1674
Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English) 
1700
Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark 
1736
George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres 
1771
Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo) 
1797
One third of papal domain ceded to France 
1803
Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953 
1807
British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles 
1807
VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted 
1819
British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III. 
1825
Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck," premieres in Vienna 
1831
1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn 
1846
Texas state government formally installed in Austin 
1852
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 
1856
Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio 
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 Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people 
1900
British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal 
1906
WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co (later Kelloggs) 
1910
English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra" 
1910
Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area 
1913
1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box 
1913
Mexican General V Huerta takes power with US support 
1914
Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini," premieres in Turin 
1915
British fleet fire on Dardanelles coast 
1919
Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris) 
1920
Netherlands joins League of Nations 
1922
Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer 
1923
Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony, premieres 
1923
Philip Barry's "You & I," premieres in NYC 
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 
1932
William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August" 
1933
Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers 
1934
US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months 
1935
Clifford Odets' "Awake & Sing," premieres in NYC 
1936
Manuel Azaña becomes Spanish premier 
1938
Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark 
1941
Nazi police attacked & 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 troops 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
980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma 
1945
Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated 
1945
US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines 
1946
Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League 
1947
CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3" 
1949
"Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances 
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
William Inge's "Picnic," premieres in NYC 
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 & 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 is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba 
1964
UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the 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 & 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 
1972
The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan. 
1974
1st American Music Award: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win 
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
"On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 perfs 
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
Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor 
1982
Sharie Langford, California, 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
"Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances 
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 & 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, Ky 
1986
King Hussein of Jordan 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
"Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances 
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
Minnisota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G Harrelson 
1987
US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland 
1988
Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55) 
1989
"Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 perfs 
1989
Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize 
1990
Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal 
1990
Soyuz TM-9 lands 
1992
"Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances 
1992
Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy for You," premieres in NYC 
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 
1994
Marta Figueras-Dotti wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
1995
1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV 
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) and European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec) 
1995
Michael Tippett's "Rose Lake," premieres 
1996
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM 
1997
FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls 
1998
Soyuz TM-26 lands 
1998
US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan 
2001
An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. 
2002
NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system. 
2004
Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity." 
2007
Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala. 
2008
Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc 
2012
44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels 
2013
12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a 
2014
2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, & Arctic Monkeys win 
2016
France Rejects Russia's Proposed UN Resolution on Syria 
2017
Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS 
2017
Malaysia searching for four North Korean suspects in Kim Jong Nam murder 
2017
US pushes Beijing to keep up pressure on North Korea 
2017
Iraqi planes drop leaflets on west Mosul to say offensive is imminent 
2017
New York bomb plot mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman dies in prison 
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