August 19 Events in History - August 19 Birthdays - August 19 Deaths



2013 Southern Japan's Mount Mount Sakurajima erupts for the 500th time, covering the city of Kagoshima in ash
2013 New Zealand's first same-sex marriages take place since the country's parliament passed the Marriage Equality Bill in April
2012 The West coast of Washington state is hit by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake
2012 Japan wins their third title in the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup
2011 A team of divers discover the wreck of a Swedish warship, possibly Mars, the head of king Erik XIV's fleet which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1564
2011 A Chinese scientist conducting research on the Tibetan Plateau is reported missing from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Muztagh Ata glacier
2010 Jakarta launches female train carriages in an effort to reduce incidents of public sexual harassment
2010 In Sichuan, China, massive flooding sweeps two passenger train carriages into the river
2009 U.S. Army officer William Calley publicly apologizes for the mass killings in the Vietnamese community of My Lai
1997 New York Yankee 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
1997 STS-85 (Discovery 23) lands
1995 After 5 days Shannon Faulkner quits as 1st woman at the Citadel
1995 Bruce Seldon TKOs Joe Hipp in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1995 Mike Tyson returns to the ring and DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds
1993 34th Walker Cup: U.S., 19-5
1993 Actress Kim Basinger weds actor Alec Baldwin
1993 Dow Jones hits record high of 3612.13
1993 George Tiller, abortion doctor, shot in his arms by Rachelle Shannon
1993 Mattel and Fisher Price toys merge
1993 Sally Gunnell runs lady world record 400m hurdles (52.74")
1992 Romesh Kaluwitharana scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (SL vs. Australia)
1992 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 vs. Australia
1991 Hurricane Bob hits U.S.
1991 Janajev and KGB coup in Russia deposes Mikhail Gorbachev
1991 Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
1990 Betsy King wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
1990 Dodger Jose Offerman hits home run in his 1st at bat
1990 New York Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 14 home runs (approx 128 at bat)
1989 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
1988 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
1988 Muang Muang succeeds General Sein Lwin as President of Burma
1988 New York Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy LaFluer
1986 Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran
1985 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei
1984 66th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 273 at Shoal Creek Ala
1984 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
1984 Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for president
1984 Sally Quinlan wins LPGA MasterCard Golf International Pro-Am
1983 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 years for counterfeiting
1983 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
1982 Renaldo Nehemiah of U.S. sets record for 110 m hurdles, 12.93 sec
1982 Soyuz T-7 launched, Svetlana Savtiskaya 2nd woman in space
1981 2 U.S. Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
1980 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
1980 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die
1980 Willy Russell's "Educating Rita," premieres in London
1979 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
1979 Crew of Soyuz 32 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 aft 175 d flight
1979 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
1979 Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
1978 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1976 President Gerald R. Ford won Republican President nomination at Kansas City convention
1975 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
1973 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1973 Kris Kristofferson weds Rita Coolidge
1973 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA St. Paul Golf Open
1969 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
1967 Beatles' "All You Need is Love," single goes #1
1966 Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
1965 Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
1965 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 2nd no-hitter of year beats Chicago Cubs, 1-0
1964 Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched
1963 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
1962 Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
1961 U.S. vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin
1960 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by U.S.S.R. (U-2 incident)
1960 Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit (later recovered alive)
1959 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
1959 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
1959 Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit
1958 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
1957 New York Giants vote 8-1 to move their franchise to San Francisco in 1958
1957 U.S. Major David Simons reaches 30,933m in a balloon
1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
1955 32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record)
1955 Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. U.S.)
1955 U.S. raises import duty on bicycles 50%
1955 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
1954 Ralph J. Bunche named undersecretary of UN
1953 England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
1951 Bill Veeck (Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" midget, to pinch-hit
1950 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic and Acrobat Ranch)
1947 J Arens and D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
1945 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds and wins
1944 Allied air raid on Maastricht, 80+ killed
1944 General Bradley visits Montgomery
1944 Last Japanese troops driven out of India
1944 Nazi's give parts of Paris to Resistance
1944 Paris police strike against nazi occupiers
1944 Polish 1st Division occupies Hill 262 (Mont Ormel), Normandy
1944 U.S. 15th Army corp occupies Mantes-Gassicourt at Paris
1944 U.S. 90th/Polish 1st Division occupy Chambois Normandy
1943 Belgian church excommunicates nazi Leon Degrelle
1943 U.S. air raid on German bases at Gilze-Rijen/Vlissingen
1942 Churchill visits Montgomery's headquarter in Burg-al-Arab
1942 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
1942 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
1942 General Paulus orders German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad
1941 Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout
1939 37.6 cm rainfall at Tuckerton, New Jersey (state record)
1936 Trial against Ljev Kamenev and Grigori Zinovjev because of "Trotskyism" opens in Moscow
1934 48th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah H P Fabyan (61 64)
1934 Hitler elected Fuhrer (95.7% of German voters)
1934 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
1933 47th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Helen Moody (86 36 30 ret)
1932 46th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin A Babcock (62 62)
1931 Lefty Grove wins AL record tying 16th consecutive game
1922 36th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody (63 61)
1921 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits
1919 Afghanistan declares independence from U.K.
1918 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank," premieres in New York City
1917 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw and Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
1915 Rationing laws go into effect in Netherlands
1914 Elmer Rice' "On Trial," premieres in New York City
1914 German army executed 150 Belgians by firing squad
1914 German fleet bombs English coast
1914 Harris Theater (Candler, Coan and Harris) opens at 226 W 42nd St. New York City
1913 Frenchman Pegoud makes 1st parachute jump in Europe
1912 Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Shepherd's Key," premieres
1911 New York Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times
1909 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
1905 Russian tsar installs "Imperial Duma," without legislative powers
1903 Phillies suffer record 9th straight posponed game
1900 Start of the one and only olympic cricket match, in Paris
1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
1891 William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum
1888 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins
1864 2nd day of battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia
1849 New York Herald reports gold discovery in California
1839 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris
1836 HMS Beagle anchors at Angra Azores
1826 Canada Co chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
1821 Failed liberal coup against French King Louis XVIII
1816 Java again in Dutch hands
1812 U.S. warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere
1796 Spain and France sign anti-English alliance
1791 Benjamin Banneker published his 1st Almanac
1787 W Herschel discovers Enceladus, a moon of Saturn
1772 Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government and restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
1702 Battle at Santa Marta Venz: English fleet beat French
1698 Russian czar Peter the Great begins term
1692 5 women executed for witchcraft in Salem Mass
1691 Battle at Szalankemen: Austrians beat Turks
1627 Prince Frederik Henry conquerors fort Groenlo
1591 French king Henri IV occupies Rouen
1587 Sigismund III becomes king of Poland
1561 Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
1524 Emperor Charles V's troops besieges Marseille
1493 Maximilian I of Austria becomes Roman Catholic German emperor
1477 Maximilian I, son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, weds Mary of
1477 Burgundy and acquires Burgundian possessions in the Netherlands and France
1458 Aenea Silvio Piccolomini chosen Pope Pius II
1399 King Richard II of England surrenders to his cousin Henry
1263 King James I of Argon censors Hebrew writing
1099 Crusaders beat Saracens in Battle of Ascalon
1071 Battle at Manzikert: Seldjuken sultan Alp Arslan beats Byzantine King
440 St. Sixtus III ends his reign as Catholic Pope











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