• 1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi
  • 1857 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China
  • 1861 Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs and granting them the full rights of free citizens [O.S. Feb 19]
  • 1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 1917 1st major strike of the Russian “February Revolution” starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [OS=Feb 18]
  • 1921 Toronto’s Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin
  • 1939 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted


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