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)
- 1674England 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.
- 1847The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
- 1945World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.
- 1959The United Kingdom grants Cyprus independence, which is then formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
- 1972The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff begins in Japan.
- 1978Egyptian 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.
- 1985Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
- 1986The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
- 1996New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
- 1999President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
Who were born on February 19?
- 1630Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)
- 1869Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
- 1895Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)
- 1896André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
- 1938René Muñoz, Cuban-born Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)
- 1954Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
- 1969Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
- 1972Francine, American professional wrestler
- 1975Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
- 1979Andrew Buchan, English Actor
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