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197Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon

1736George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres

1878Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)

1919Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)

1932William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

1942FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

19491st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

1963Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

1963USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

1971Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

1981George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"

1987US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 19, 197
Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon 
Feb 19, 356
Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples 
Feb 19, 607
Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
Feb 19, 842
Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches 
Feb 19, 1512
French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia 
Feb 19, 1537
Weavers of Leiden, Netherlands, strike 
Feb 19, 1539
Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czech), expelled 
Feb 19, 1574
Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp, Netherlands 
Feb 19, 1582
Francis of Valois becomes duke of Brabant 
Feb 19, 1594
Having 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. 
Feb 19, 1600
The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America. 
Feb 19, 1634
Battle of Smolensk: King Wladyslaw IV of Poland beats Russians [NS=Mar 1] 
Feb 19, 1674
Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English) 
Feb 19, 1700
Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark 
Feb 19, 1736
George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres 
Feb 19, 1771
Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo) 
Feb 19, 1797
One third of papal domain ceded to France 
Feb 19, 1803
Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953 
Feb 19, 1807
British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles 
Feb 19, 1807
VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted 
Feb 19, 1819
British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III. 
Feb 19, 1825
Franz Grillparzer's "Konig Ottokars Gluck," premieres in Vienna 
Feb 19, 1831
1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn 
Feb 19, 1846
Texas state government formally installed in Austin 
Feb 19, 1852
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 
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