This Day in History :: 19 February
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19 February 1953 : Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
19 February 1952 : French offensive at Hanoi
19 February 1949 : "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
19 February 1949 : 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
19 February 1949 : Mass arrests of communists in India
19 February 1946 : Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
19 February 1945 : 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima
19 February 1945 : 900 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days
19 February 1945 : Brotherhood Day-1st celebrated
19 February 1945 : US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
19 February 1944 : 823 British bombers attack Berlin
19 February 1944 : U-264 sinks off Ireland
19 February 1943 : German tanks under Brigadier General Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunesia
19 February 1942 : About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
19 February 1942 : Bill Longson beats Managoff and Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ









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