Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 19

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This is a list of selected February 19 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled February 19, 2020 featured article or the February 19, 2020 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Blurb Reason
Armed Forces Day in Mexico refimprove
197Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus at the Battle of Lugdunum in present-day Lyon, France, securing full control over the Roman Empire. single source, needs more footnotes
1594 – King Sigismund III Vasa of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III. unreferenced section
1674 – The Third Anglo-Dutch War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westminster, with England regaining New York, and the Netherlands taking Suriname. refimprove
1807 – Former U.S. Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested for treason after having raised a private army to allegedly create an independent nation in Spanish Texas. lots of CN tags, original research
1819 – English explorer William Smith sighted Livingston Island in the South Shetland archipelago, a group of Antarctic islands more than 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) south of the Falkland Islands. needs more footnotes
1884 – More than sixty tornadoes struck across the Southern United States, believed to be among the largest and most widespread tornado outbreaks in American history. refimprove section
1972Asama-Sansō incident Save for February 28
1978 – Attempting to intervene in a hijacking situation at Larnaca International Airport without authorisation from Cyprus authorities, Egyptian commando forces ended up exchanging gunfire with the Cypriot National Guard. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1985 – The first episode of the British soap opera EastEnders was first broadcast on BBC1, eventually becoming one of the most watched television shows in the United Kingdom. original research, outdated


Born/died this day: Nicolaus Copernicus (b. 1473) · Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (d. 1716) · Émilie Gamelin (b. 1800) · Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama (b. 1938) · Joseph Szigeti (d. 1973)


February 19

Henry Ossian Flipper
Henry Ossian Flipper

Thomas Arundel (d. 1414) · Mary Dilys Glynne (b. 1895) · Sylvia Rivera (d. 2002)

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