February 19

This Day in History

1942

Bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces

Today marks the anniversary of the 1942 bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces in what remains the largest attack on mainland Australia by a foreign power. During World War II, around 10,000 Allied … (more...)

1861

Russia Abolishes Serfdom

On this day in 1861, six years after being crowned Tsar of Russia, Alexander signed the Emancipation Act, bringing to an end the centuries old institution of serfdom. It brought immediate freedom to … (more...)

1473

Copernicus born

On February 19, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland. The father of modern astronomy, he was the first to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Prior to the … (more...)