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Monday, February 19, 2018
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1229Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II enters Jerusalem
1248Parma breaks a siege by Emperor Frederick II
1574Spanish-held Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
1713French under Jacques Cassard land on Curacao
1846US Navy adopts "port" for left, in place of the traditional "larboard"
1857Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
1861King Victor Emanuel II of Sardinia becomes King of Italy
1861Jefferson Davis is inaugurated CSA Prtesident, Montgomery, Alabama
1865Union troops occupy Ft Moultrie, Charleston
1865Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
1899San Francisco named as Port of Embarkation for Army transports
1900Anglo-Boer War: Battle of Paardeberg
1915Germany proclaims a blockade of England
1932Japan declares Manchuria independent under Pu-Yi, "The Last Emperor"
1942Dutch ship Soerabaya & a sub destroyed by air attack at Soerabaya, Java.
1943Attu: U.S. ships shell Japanese positions for the first time.
1943"White Rose" resistance group is broken by the Gestapo in Munich
1943HMNS Moa lands a reconnaissance team on Pavuvu, Russell Islands
1943Allied intelligence concludes Japanese had evacuated the Russell islands.
1944Bismarcks: Allied destroyers shell Japanese bases at Rabaul and Kavieng.
1945Burma: British troops land behind Japanese lines in the Arakan
  Today in Military History 

Feb 19, 2018
1797French Republic annexes papal lands in France
1807British squadron under Adm Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelle
1814USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine
1859Dan Sickles, later Maj. Gen, U.S.V., acuitted of murdering Barton King
1861Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.
1936Popular Front government installed in Spain
1942Vice-Adm Nagumo's fleet bombs Darwin, Australia
1942Japanese troops land on Timor
1942Japanese troops begin landing on Bali.
1942Japanese a/c raid Darwin, NW Australia, inflicting heavy casualties
1942FDR orders internment of Japanese-Americans on the West Coast
1942Battle of Lombok Str: ABDA squadron losses Dutch DD Piet Hein
1943Naval forces under MacArthur are designated the Seventh Fleet.
1944Fighting continues on Engebi and Eniwetok atoll, the Marshall Islands.
1945US Marines land on Iwo Jima
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1547Edward VI (aged 10), installed a King of England (1547-1553)
1815USS Constitution takes HMS Cyane and sloop-of-war Levant.
1833Russian fleet reaches Constantinople, to help defend it from the Egyptians
1839Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1846British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
1861Confederate Department of the Navy established
1864Confederates win Battle of Olustee, Florida
1917Ammunition ship explodes in Archangelsk, about 1,500 die
1942USS Lexington beats off Japanese air attack c. 300 miles ENE of Rabaul
1942Lt E. H. O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese bombers
1942Combined Japanese amphibious and airborne attack on Timor.
1943Admiralty Is.: Sub Albacore sinks the Japanese DD Oshio
1943Burma: Continued stalemate in the Arakan.
1944NZ troops complete capture of Green Island, nearly isolating Rabaul.
1945Philippines: U.S. troops land on Samar and Capul islands
1945Iwo Jima: Heavy fighting continues
1947Lord Mountbatten becomes [the last] Viceroy of India
1962John Glenn is first American to orbit Earth, in Friendship 7