Historical Events for 19th February 2024

1574 – Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer and Jisp, Netherlands
1600 – Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
1900 – British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
1928 – II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
1946 – New York Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the “outlaw” Mexican Baseball League for a fee of $10,000
1950 – Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
1953 – William Inge’s “Picnic” premieres in NYC
1985 – ADM of Amsterdam declares bankruptcy
1995 – Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize for One Train (1994) and On The Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988 (1994)
2023 – Brazilian state of Sao Paulo hit by flooding and landslides after heavy rain, with at least 44 killed and 800 homeless

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