February 19th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
February 19th History Highlights
Internment Camps in the United States
1942 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable." This was the basis for the Japanese Internment camps, which held over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans until January 2, 1945. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to repay every surviving internee with a tax-free payment of $20,000 and an apology from the US government.
February 19th is...
National Chocolate Mint Day
February 19th Quotes
I have two hands: one for me, one for other people.
Ah, stardom! They put your name on a star in the sidewalk on
Hollywood Boulevard and you walk down and find a pile of dog manure
on it. That tells the whole story, baby.
I am not so enamored of my own opinions that I disregard what
others may think of them. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas
are not subject to the judgement of ordinary persons, because
it is his endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent
permitted to human reason by God. Yet I hold that completely erroneous
views should be shunned.
I don't see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes
External success has to do with people who may see me as a model,
or an example, or a representative. As much as I may dislike or
want to reject that responsibility, this is something that comes
with public success. It's important to give others a sense of
hope that it is possible and you can come from really different
places in the world and find your own place in the world that's
unique for yourself. ~
In a world full of people, only some want to fly, Isn't that
One of the good things about getting older is you find you're
more interesting than most of the people you meet.
February 19th Birthdays
1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer (died in 1543)
1717 - David Garrick, English actor and author (died in 1779)
1896 - André Breton, French poet and author (died in 1966)
1911 - Merle Oberon, Indian-American actress (died in 1979)
1917 - Carson McCullers, American author (died in 1967)
1920 - C.Z. Guest, American actress, fashion designer, and author (died in 2003)
1924 - Lee Marvin, American actor (died in 1987)
1940 - Bobby Rogers, American singer-songwriter (died in 2013)
1943 - Lou Christie, American singer-songwriter
1948 - Tony Iommi, English guitarist and songwriter
1949 - William (Bill) Messner-Loebs, American comic book author and illustrator
1952 - Amy Tan, American novelist
1955 - Jeff Daniels, American actor
1957 - Falco, Austrian singer-songwriter, rapper, and musician (died in 1998)
1957 - Dave Stewart, American baseball player
1960 - Prince Andrew, Duke of York
1963 - Seal (Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), English singer-songwriter
1963 - Jessica Tuck, American actress
1966 - Justine Bateman, American actress
1967 - Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican-American actor, director, and producer
1968 - Prince Markie Dee, American rapper and actor
1981 - Beth Ditto, American singer
1985 - Haylie Duff, American actress
1986 - Maria Mena, Norwegian singer-songwriter
2004 - Millie Bobby Brown, English actress
February 19th History
1600 (Volcano Eruption) Huaynaputina
1847 - Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only 45 reached California. They had been trapped, with no provisions and little survival skills since late October of 1848, about 13 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe.
1864 - The Knights of Pythias was established in Washington, DC.
1884 - More than sixty tornadoes struck the Southern United States in one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
1878 - The patent (#200,521) for Thomas Edision's phonograph was granted.
1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1963 - The Feminine Mistique by Betty Friedan was published.
1966 - # 1 Hit February 19, 1966 - February 25, 1966: Lou Christie - Lightnin' Strikes
1967 - # 1 Hit February 18, 1967 - March 3, 1967: The Buckinghams - Kind of a Drag
1968 - Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, created by Fred Rogers (1928-2003), premiered on NET (later PBS).
1972 - # 1 Hit February 19, 1972 - March 17, 1972: Nilsson - Without You
1977 - # 1 Hit February 19, 1977 - February 25, 1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light
1980 - AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning.
February 19, 19** Birthday (fictional) Bruce Wayne (Batman), DC Comics
1982 - Rock legend Ozzy Ozbourne was arrested for urinating on the Alamo.
1983 - # 1 Hit February 19, 1983 - March 4, 1983: Patti Austin and James Ingram - Baby, Come to Me
1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by Coca-Cola.
1985 - William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart patient to leave the hospital alive.
1985 - The Eastenders premiered in the UK.
1986 - The US Senate approved a treaty that outlawed genocide.
1992 - Broadway Show - Crazy for You (Musical) February 19, 1992
1994 - Martin Lawrence made a sexually explicit joke during his opening monologue during his appearance on Saturday Night Live. The joke was in reference to female genitalia and feminine hygiene. He ended up being banned from the NBC network for a year and from SNL for life. During re-broadcast of the episode the joke is replaced by a title card read off-screen and the joke nearly cost everyone at SNL their jobs.
2000 - # 1 Hit February 19, 2000 - March 3, 2000: Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You
2006 - The Rolling Stones performed in front of the largest open show for the public in Copacabana Beach in Brazil,1.3 Million people attended
2010 - Golfer Tiger Woods admitted to having several affairs, which were brought to light after an incident in Windermere, Florida, an Orlando suburb, around 2:30 a.m. on November 27, 2009. His car crashed, reportedly, but several eyewitness accounts said it looked like it was attacked by someone with a golf club. Ironically, his wife, Elin Nordegren, was reportedly informed about his infidelities shortly before the 'crash.'
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
"It's very beautiful over there." - Thomas Edison #LastWords
Criticism is not nearly as effective as sabotage.
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