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February 19th, 2008 (February 19 2008)EventToshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony s Blu-Ray Disc
February 19th, 2007 (February 19 2007)EventThree Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
February 19th, 2004 (February 19 2004)EventNazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."
February 19th, 2002 (February 19 2002)EventNASA s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
February 19th, 2001 (February 19 2001)EventAn Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
February 19th, 1986 (February 19 1986)EventThe Soviet Union launches the Mir space station.
February 19th, 1985 (February 19 1985)EventArtificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
February 19th, 1985 (February 19 1985)EventIberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
February 19th, 1978 (February 19 1978)EventEgyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport, in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking situation, 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.
February 19th, 1972 (February 19 1972)EventThe Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
February 19th, 1959 (February 19 1959)EventThe United Kingdom grants Cyprus its independence, which is then on formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
February 19th, 1953 (February 19 1953)EventCensorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
February 19th, 1949 (February 19 1949)EventEzra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.Ezra Pound Quotes
February 19th, 1945 (February 19 1945)EventWorld War II: Battle of Iwo Jimaabout 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima.
February 19th, 1943 (February 19 1943)EventWorld War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
February 19th, 1942 (February 19 1942)EventWorld War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
February 19th, 1942 (February 19 1942)EventWorld War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
February 19th, 1941 (February 19 1941)EventWorld War II: The Afrika Korps, the corps-level headquarters controlling the German Panzer divisions in North Africa, is formed.
February 19th, 1937 (February 19 1937)EventDuring a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Eritrean nationalists attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades.Rodolfo Graziani Quotes
February 19th, 1915 (February 19 1915)EventWorld War I: The Battle of Gallipoli begins. Plans for mutiny in the British Indian army, the Ghadar Conspiracy, are uncovered in India.
February 19th, 1881 (February 19 1881)EventKansas becomes the first U.S. state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
February 19th, 1878 (February 19 1878)EventThe phonograph is patented by Thomas Edison.
February 19th, 1864 (February 19 1864)EventKnights of Pythias are founded in Washington, DC by Justus H. Rathbone.
February 19th, 1861 (February 19 1861)EventSerfdom is abolished in Russia.
February 19th, 1852 (February 19 1852)EventThe Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
February 19th, 1847 (February 19 1847)EventThe Donner Party is rescued.
February 19th, 1846 (February 19 1846)EventIn Austin, Texas the newly-formed Texas state government is officially installedied in The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas annexation by the United States.
February 19th, 1819 (February 19 1819)EventBritish explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.William King Quotes
February 19th, 1807 (February 19 1807)EventIn Alabama, Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddart.Aaron Burr Quotes
February 19th, 1674 (February 19 1674)EventEngland and the Netherlands sign the Peace 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.
February 19th, 1600 (February 19 1600)EventThe Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
February 19th, 1594 (February 19 1594)EventHaving already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
February 19th, 0197 (February 19 0197)EventRoman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.

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