February 19 Events in History - February 19 Birthdays - February 19 Deaths
2015 Walmart announces that in April it will raise wages of 500,000 Sam's Club and Walmart workers to $9/hour, exceeding the current minimum wage by $1.75, with a further raise to $10/hour by next February
2014 Chinese automaker Dongfeng and the French government have each invested in PSA Peugeot Citroen, which ranked as the European car company with the lowest sales of new vehicles last year
2014 As part of its increasing move into mobile presence, Facebook announces that it will purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion; younger users seem to prefer communicating with mobile apps, which allow them to avoid cell phone texting charges
2013 NASA loses communication with the International Space Station's for three hours as a result of updating the station's command and control software
2013 During a U.N. conference on disarmament, North Korea threatens to destroy South Korea
2012 In Rio de Janeiro, a record 2.2 million people attend the Bola Preta street party during Rio's carnival
2012 In a retaliatory move against E.U. sanctions, Iran stops all exports to France and the United Kingdom
2011 In the People's Republic of China, the call for a 'Jasmine Revolution' spreads online as authorities hunt down political activists
2010 The Vatican approves of Australian Mary MacKillop as their first saint for canonization
2003 Iranian Revolutionary Guard military flight crashes into the Sirach Mountains, killing 275
1998 Soyuz TM-26 lands
1998 U.S. hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
1997 FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls and 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York, Pennsylvania on WQXA 105.7 FM
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)
1995 Linford Christie runs European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
1995 Michael Tippett's "Rose Lake," premieres
1994 Marta Figueras-Dotti wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1993 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
1992 "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 1622 performances
1992 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy for You," premieres in New York City
1992 Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992
1990 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
1990 Soyuz TM-9 lands
1989 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 64 performances
1989 Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
1988 Helga Arendt, Silke-Beate Knoll, Mechthild Kluth, Gisela Kinzel walk indoor female world record 4x200m (1:32.55)
1987 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater New York City 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 Minnesota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
1987 Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
1986 Jordanian King Hussein severs ties with PLO
1986 U.S. Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
1986 U.S.S.R. launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
1985 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
1985 ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
1985 Canned and 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, Kentucky
1984 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 104 performances
1984 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 1st brother combo to win Gold and Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil and Steve Mahre-Slalom)
1983 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
1983 Vladimir Salnikov (U.S.S.R.) sets 400 m free style swimming record
1982 Hanneke Jelgersma installed as Netherlands 1st Communist mayor
1982 Sharie Langford, California, sets women's bowling series record of 853
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
1980 Botham a century and 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
1978 "On the 20th Century" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 460 performances
1978 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
1978 Coleman, Comden and Green's musical premieres in New York City
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 vs. New Zealand, 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
1976 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
1972 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* vs. WI at Kingston
1971 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK
1971 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleveland Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
1970 AL Cy Young winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking
1970 U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 52 and Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
1969 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
1968 1st U.S. Teachers strike in Florida
1967 Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater
1965 NFL adds 6th official
1963 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize
1963 U.S.S.R. informs John F. Kennedy it's withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
1961 Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champ all-round skater
1960 Protest strike in Poznan Poland
1959 Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1959 Gabon adopts its constitution
1959 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), New Mexico
1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
1956 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1955 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
1954 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, New York (NBC) 1st broadcast
1953 Georgia approves U.S. 1st literature censorship board
1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
1953 William Inge's "Picnic," premieres in New York City
1952 French offensive at Hanoi
1949 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater New York City after 339 performances
1949 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
1949 Mass arrests of communists in India
1947 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
1946 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
1945 30,000 U.S. Marines land on Iwo Jima
1945 900 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days
1945 Brotherhood Day 1st celebrated
1944 823 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 U-264 sinks off Ireland
1943 German tanks under Brigadier General Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunesia
1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
1942 Bill Longson beats Managoff and Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ
1942 Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber
1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
1942 Japanese troops land on Timor
1942 Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
1942 New York Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
1941 Nazi police attacks and driven away from Koco Amsterdam by young Jews
1941 Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
1938 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
1936 Manuel Azana becomes Spanish premier
1935 Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing," premieres in New York City
1934 Bob and Dolores Hope marry
1934 U.S. contract air mail service canceled, replaced by U.S. Army for 6 months
1933 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
1932 William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"
1929 Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, New York
1928 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
1928 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
1927 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony, premieres
1923 Philip Barry's "You and I," premieres in New York City
1922 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
1920 Netherlands joins League of Nations
1919 Pan-African Congress, organized by W. E. B. Du Bois (Paris)
1915 British fleet fire on Dardanellen coast
1914 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini," premieres in Turin
1913 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box
1913 Mexican General V Huerta takes power with U.S. support
1910 English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"
1906 Will Keith Kellogg found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co.
1900 British troops occupy Hlangwane Natal
1884 Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
1881 Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
1878 Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
1869 U.S. Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
1864 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington D.C. (12 members)
1861 Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom
1859 Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used
1856 Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
1846 Texas state government formally installed in Austin
1831 1st practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Pennsylvania
1825 Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck," premieres in Vienna
1807 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelle
1807 Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
1803 Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
1797 1/3 of papal domain ceded to France
1771 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis and Hydra and galaxy in Virgo)
1736 Georg F Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres
1700 Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark
1674 Netherlands and England sign Peace of Westminster (New York City becomes English)
1634 Battle at Smolensk: Polish king Wladyslaw IV beats Russians
1619 Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague
1582 Francis of Valois becomes duke of Brabant
1574 Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer and Jisp Netherlands
1539 Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava, Czechoslovakia), expelled
1537 Weavers of Leiden Netherlands strike
1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia
842 Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches
607 Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
356 Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
197 Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon