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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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)
- 356Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
- 1600The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
- 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.
- 1859Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This is the 1st time this defense is successfully used in the United States.
- 1878Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
- 1943World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
- 1963The publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique reawakens the Feminist Movement in the United States as women’s organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
- 1985Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
- 1986The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
- 2034New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 19?
- 1821August Schleicher, German linguist (d. 1868)
- 1865Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (d. 1952)
- 1869Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
- 1876Constantin Brâncuşi, Romanian sculptor (d. 1957)
- 1877Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
- 1913Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne (d. 2007)
- 1920George Rose, British music hall entertainer (d. 1988)
- 1936Marin Sorescu, Romanian writer and novelist (d. 1997)
- 1948Tony Iommi, English guitarist (Black Sabbath)
- 1970Joacim Cans, Swedish singer (HammerFall)
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