February 19: Day of the Week
February 19, 2017 was the 50th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 315 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
February 19 Historical Event(s)
- 356Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
- 1807In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
- 1876Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
- 1943World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
- 1953Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
- 1959The United Kingdom grants Cyprus independence, which is then formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
- 1986Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
- 1996New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- 2002NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
- 2006A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
Who were born on February 19?
- 1473Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
- 1743Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (d. 1805)
- 1780Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
- 1804Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
- 1897Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
- 1904Havank, Dutch writer (d. 1964)
- 1936Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
- 1953Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
- 1975Katja Schuurman, Dutch actress and singer
- 1978Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-born Cypriot footballer
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