February 19: Day of the Week
February 19, 2020 was the 50th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 316 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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.
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February 19 Historical Event(s)
- 1861Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
- 1878Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
- 1915World War I: The first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1985Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
- 2006A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
- 2018New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dog in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 19?
- 1722Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
- 1802Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
- 1804Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
- 1893Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
- 1917Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
- 1956Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
- 1960Leslie Ash, English actress
- 1964Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
- 1977Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
- 1986Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian footballer
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