Today in History: February 19

Today in History: February 19

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1408

The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor.

1701

Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid.

1807

1847

Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras.

1861

Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.

1902

Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.

1903

The Austria-Hungary government decrees a mandatory two year military service.

1915

British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to seize the straits of Gallipoli.

1917

American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.

1919

The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.

1925

President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax.

1926

Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth's age at one billion years.

1942

Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.

1944

The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin "Big Week," a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.

1965

Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations' doors in New York.

1966

Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.

1976

Britain slashes welfare spending.

1981

The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a "textbook case" of a Communist plot.

1987

New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.