Sunday, February 19, 2012
suspends oil exports to Britain and France
following sanctions put in place by the European Union and the United States
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Pasta de Conchos mine disaster: Sixty-five miners die after becoming trapped underground, following an explosion in Nueva Rosita, Mexico.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Suicide bombers kill more than 30 people in Iraq
as Shia Muslims mark Ashura
, their holiest day.
Thursday, February 19, 2004
European Commission President Romano Prodi vows stronger action to combat anti-Semitism in Europe. Prodi states that some criticism of Israel was inspired by what amounts to anti-Semitic sentiments and prejudice. Youths from the large Arab immigrant communities in France, Belgium and other European countries are blamed for the rise in attacks against Jews in Europe. The European Union's //eumc.eu.int/eumc/index.php
European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna, Austria, found the increase of anti-Semitic attacks was committed above all either by right-wing extremists or radical Islamists or young Muslims mostly of Arab descent. //www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/396146.html
One Dane and five of the nine Britons held without trial as terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay are to be released, probably within the next two weeks, according to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The soon-to-be-released captives have been amongst the 660 detainees at the US base in Cuba, held for the past two years as suspected Al-Qaida or Taliban 'combatants'. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3504221.stm
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear agency, finds undeclared components in Iran compatible with advanced uranium centrifuge designs, increasing Western concerns that it may be developing nuclear weapons. //www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/396159.html
States of emergency are declared in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada, after a prolonged blizzard dumps 90 centimetres of snow on the provinces. This doubles the previous record, set in the 1950s. Roads are completely impassable, blocked with drifts of up to 3 to 4 metres. //www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/02/20/newweather_atl040220
The Kuwaiti newspaper "A-Siasa" reports that Palestinian and international terrorist organizations have decided at a recent Beirut conference to launch a wave of terror attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests worldwide. According to the report, there will also be similar attacks against coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conference, which took place at the start of February, was also said to have been attended by senior members of the Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian intelligence services who presented a list of Israeli intelligence officials to be assassinated. Organizations in attendance included: Al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Islam, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad. //www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/396163.html
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
Monday, February 19, 1996
A wooden ferry capsizes as it enters the port of Cádiz
in the Philippines
, killing 54 people.
Sunday, February 19, 1984
Friday, February 19, 1982
Sunday, February 19, 1978
Saturday, February 19, 1972
Thursday, February 19, 1970
Poseidon bubble: shares in Australian nickel mining company Poseidon NL, which stood at $0.80 in September 1969, peak at around $280 before the speculative bubble bursts.
Monday, February 19, 1968
NET televises the very first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Saturday, February 19, 1966
Tuesday, February 19, 1963
Thursday, February 19, 1959
The United Kingdom decides to grant Cyprus its independence.
Saturday, February 19, 1955
Southeast Asia Treaty Organization established.
Thursday, February 19, 1953
Monday, February 19, 1951
Jean Lee becomes the last woman hanged in Australia
, when Lee and her 2 pimp
s are hanged for the murder and torture of a 73-year-old bookmaker.
Sunday, February 19, 1950
Konrad Adenauer tries unsuccessfully to negotiate with East Germany to begin unification.
Saturday, February 19, 1949
Grady the Cow
, a 1,200-pound cow, gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma
and garners national media attention in the United States.
World heavyweight boxing chion Joe Louis
Monday, February 19, 1945
ndash 980 Japanese soldiers die as a result of a killing spree by long saltwater crocodile
s in Ramree, Burma.
Thursday, February 19, 1942
Wednesday, February 19, 1941
February 22 ndash WWII: Three Nights' Blitz over Swansea, South Wales: Over these 3 nights of intensive bombing, which last a total of 13 hours and 48 minutes, Swansea's town centre is almost completely obliterated by the 896 high explosive bombs employed by the Luftwaffe. A total of 397 casualties and 230 deaths are reported.
ndash WWII: Three Nights\' Blitz
, South Wales: Over these 3 nights of intensive bombing, which last a total of 13 hours and 48 minutes, Swansea
's town centre is almost completely obliterated by the 896 high explosive bombs employed by the Luftwaffe
. A total of 397 casualties and 230 deaths are reported.
Saturday, February 19, 1927
Thursday, February 19, 1920
US Senate refuses to sign the Treaty of Versailles.
Sunday, February 19, 1905
Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Mukden begins in Manchuria.
Sunday, February 19, 1893
Saturday, February 19, 1881
Tuesday, February 19, 1878
Saturday, February 19, 1876
Tuesday, February 19, 1867
March ndash The University of Illinois at Urbana/Chaign is established (opened 1 year later).
Thursday, February 19, 1852
Thursday, February 19, 1846
Friday, February 19, 1819
Thursday, February 19, 1807
Saturday, February 19, 1803
Act of Mediation issued by Napoleon Bonaparte establishes the Swiss Confederation to replace the Helvetic Republic. Under the terms of the act, Graubünden, St. Gallen, Thurgau, the Ticino and Vaud become Swiss cantons.
Monday, February 19, 1674
Friday, February 19, 1616
First recorded eruption of Mayon Volcano, the Philippines' most active volcano.ref name=volcano.si.eduSmithsonian Institution. "Global Volcanism Program". URL: //www.volcano.si.edu/
accessed on 12.03.2008. Event dated with reference to historical documents.
Saturday, February 19, 1600
Friday, February 10, 1408 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, February 12, 1184 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, February 16, 607 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, February 18, 356 (Julianian calendar)
The veneration of non-Christian
images is banned in the Roman Empire.
Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire and ordering the banishment once again of the anti-Arian patriarch of Alexandria, Athanasius. He tries to have him arrested during a vigil service, but Athanasius flees to the Nitrian desert in Upper Egypt.
Construction begins on the first basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.
Sunday, February 20, 197 (Julianian calendar)
Septimius Severus returns to Rome
and has about 30 of Albinus's supporters in the Senate
executed. After his victory he declares himself the adopted son of the late Marcus Aurelius
Septimius Severus forms new naval
units, manning all the trireme
s in Italy
with heavily armed troops for war in the East. Soldiers embarked on an artificial canal
between the Tigris
The Roman army marched east to repel a Parthian invasion of Mesopotamia, they loot the royal palace at Ctesiphon and capture an enormous number of its inhabitants as slaves.
major work on medicines, "Pharmacologia", is published.
Septimius Severus, who had spared the Senate at the beginning of his reign, now excludes it from controlling the Roman empire
by declaring a military dictatorship