19th February

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1986 Iran captures key Iraqi oil port As the Iraq-Iran War continues, Iran captures the key Iraqi oil port of Al Faw
1985 Police clash with blacks resisting relocation Several hundred are hurt in clashes in South Africa between police and blacks demonstrating against being relocated to a black township.
1969 Rupert Murdoch wins control of News of the World The Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, beats off a rival bid to win control of the News of the World newspaper group. It is his first Fleet Street newspaper.
1959 Cyprus gains independence An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.
1945 World War 2 - Iwo Jima 30,000 United States Marines land on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encountered fierce resistance from Japanese forces.
1878 Thomas Edison patents phonograph Thomas Edison receives a patent for his phonograph.
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus born The astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland.
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