February 19 has much less to offer as far as historical trivia than many days. Here’s some highlights of what I found interesting regarding February 19 events…
- In 1846 in Austin, the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas’ annexation by the United States.
- In 1942 during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States Military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
- In 1945, also during World War II, regarding the Battle of Iwo Jima, about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.
- After on February 19, but 34 years later in 1976, Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford‘s Proclamation 4417.
- In 1878, Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
- And in 1915, as part of World War I, the first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.