February 19th

2010
The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case.
2001 anthrax attacks
2008
Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba after 49 years in power. Raúl Castro, Fidel's brother, succeeded him as president.
2006–2008 Cuban transfer of presidential duties
2007
New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
Politics of New Jersey
2004
Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse.
Jeffrey Skilling
1997
Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died in Beijing at age 92.
Deng Xiaoping
1986
The “Mir” Space Station is launched. The Soviet vehicle was the world's first modular space station and remained in orbit for 15 years.
Mir
1985
Iberia Airlines Flight 610 crashes. All 148 people on board died in the accident that was blamed on pilot error.
Iberia Airlines Flight 610
1968
The first nationwide broadcast of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood aired on PBS.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
1963
'The Feminine Mystique' by Betty Friedan was published.
The Feminine Mystique
1959
An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
London-Zürich Agreements
1945
U.S. troops land on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. The photo showing 4 soldiers erecting a U.S. flag on the island has become one of the best-known images of World War II.
Battle of Iwo Jima
1942
President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that resulted in the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast.
Internment of Japanese Americans
1881
Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol laws of Kansas
1878
Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. It was the first machine able to reproduce recorded sound.
Phonograph
1861
Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom [NS=Mar 3].
Emancipation reform of 1861
1807
Aaron Burr, vice president under Thomas Jefferson, was arrested for treason. He was later acquitted.
Burr conspiracy
1674
The Netherlands and England signed the Peace of Westminster, by which New Amsterdam passed to the English (and was renamed New York).
Third Anglo-Dutch War
1473
The astronomer Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
Nicolaus Copernicus
356
Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples.
Anti-paganism policy of Constantius II