Sunday 19 February 2017, 16:35:26
19 February 356
: Roman emperor Constantius II closes all heathen temples.
19 February 1405
: Timur, Tamerlane or Tamburlaine the Great, Turcomongol conqueror of western, southern and central Asia, founder of the Timurid empire, dies in Otrar at age 68.
19 February 1473
: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer, is born in Toruń.
19 February 1674
: The Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War is signed by king Charles II of England.
19 February 1858
: Charles Eastman, physician and writer of mixed Santee Sioux and Anglo-American descent, is born Hakadah in a reservation near Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
19 February 1887
: Eduard Douwes Dekker, Dutch writer, known by his pen name Multatuli, dies in Ingelheim am Rhein in Germany at age 66.
19 February 1916
: Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, dies in Munich the day after his 78th birthday.
19 February 1984
: As the XIV Olympic Winter Games draw to a close, Sarajevo is applauded for its role as host.
19 February 1986
: The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station.