April 19 Events in History - April 19 Birthdays - April 19 Deaths
2015 A shipwreck that may have drowned up to 900 North African migrants traveling to Europe has prompted the European Union to meet in order to develop a plan to fund and organize rescues while reducing human trafficking incidents
2014 Chinese auto manufacturer FAW Group begins taking orders for its luxury Red Flag L5 custom-made auto; the vehicle is priced similarly to a Ferrari at approximately $803,000
2014 HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare registration website is taking precautions in light of the Heartbleed security bug; all user passwords have been reset
2013 Suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings are identified as Kyrgyzstan-born Muslims Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, and his 28-year old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev
2013 Former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, is arrested and charged with unlawfully detaining judges in 2007
2012 At the London Book Fair, Ma Jian, Chinese author of the banned novel 'Beijing Coma,' puts red paint over his face and calls Chinese publishers, 'the mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party'
2012 After 70 years, two papers on Alan Turing's theory of code-breaking are released to the U.K.'s National Archives
2011 In Cuba, Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party's central committee
2011 Singapore dissolves its Parliament for the 14th General Election, planned for May 7, 2011
2010 Kyrgyzstan unrest continues as over 1,000 people in Jala-Abad gather in the towns main square denouncing Otunbayeva's interim government and chanting pro-Bakiev slogans
2006 Han Myung-sook elected Prime Minister of South Korea
2005 Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, becomes the 265th pope
2000 Air Philippines flight 541 crashes into a hill near Davao, killing 131
1998 59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship
1997 Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
1997 San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
1996 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
1996 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
1995 Chopper 4 1st used on WNBC TV (New York City) news
1995 Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168
1994 15th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
1994 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election
1994 Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating
1994 Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
1993 22nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Olga Markova of Russia in 2:25:27
1993 97th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas N'deti of Kenya in 2:09:33
1993 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
1993 The Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas, is destroyed in a fire after 51-day stand-off; 76 people die, including 24 British nationals and 20 children
1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont New York City after 38 perf
1992 Balki and Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Sega Women's Golf Championship
1991 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavywgt boxing title
1991 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
1990 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas and incoming government agree to truce
1990 Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time
1990 Pistons and 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)
1990 Truce in Nicaragua's civil war
1989 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
1989 Kevin Elster (New York Mets), sets errorless shortstop mark at 73
1989 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
1987 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand )
1987 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 and record 12th straight AL win
1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver
1987 Jacqueline Blanc, sets women's downhill ski speed record, 124.9 mph
1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open
1987 Los Angeles Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
1987 Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve
1987 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
1985 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in Nature magazine
1983 France performs nuclear test
1982 11th Boston Women's Marathon won by Charlotte Teske of Germany in 2:29:33
1982 86th Boston Marathon won by Alberto Salazar of Oreg in 2:08:51
1982 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st black astronaut
1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
1982 Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut
1982 U.S.S.R. Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
1981 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
1981 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
1981 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos," premieres in New York City
1981 Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox play to 2-2 tie in 32 innings, game suspended at 4:07 AM (Pawtucket later wins in 33rd)
1979 Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yankees Goose Gossage and Cliff
1979 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb
1978 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
1976 5th Boston Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt of Wis in 2:47:10
1976 80th Boston Marathon won by Jack Fultz of Wash, DC in 2:20:19
1975 India launches 1st satellite with help of U.S.S.R.
1974 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park home run against New York Yankees
1973 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow"
1973 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
1973 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1972 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse New York City for 1,065 performances
1972 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1972 Hungary revises constitution
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 75th Boston Marathon won by Alvaro Mejia of Colombia in 2:18:45
1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
1971 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
1971 U.S.S.R. Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
1970 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 25 performances
1970 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy and Applause win
1970 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1968 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17
1968 Belgian construction workers strike
1968 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
1967 "Casino Royale" premieres
1967 71st Boston Marathon won by Dave McKenzie of New Zealand in 2:15:45
1967 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years
1967 U.S. Surveyor III lands on Moon
1967 Yugoslav author Mihaljo Mihaljov sentenced 4 years
1966 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
1966 70th Boston Marathon won by Kenji Kimihara of Japan in 2:17:11
1966 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
1965 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in New York City) begins operating
1965 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33
1965 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
1965 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
1964 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
1964 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma," premieres in West-Berlin
1963 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 43 performances
1963 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
1962 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
1960 Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs
1960 Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1959 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
1958 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
1956 1st ML baseball game in New Jersey, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
1956 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
1956 U.S. actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III
1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
1954 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
1953 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 267 performances
1951 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
1951 General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39
1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
1949 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
1948 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
1948 ABC-TV network begins
1948 Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1947 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
1947 AAU record for a 25' rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
1947 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
1947 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)
1946 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
1945 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
1945 U.S. aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
1945 U.S. offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa
1944 Allied fleet attack Sabang Sumatra
1943 Revolt in Warsaw Ghetto under Mordechai Anielewicz
1943 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
1943 Jews attack Nazi occupation forces at Warsaw Ghetto
1942 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
1941 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
1941 B Brecht's "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder," premieres in Zurich
1941 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
1941 Milk rationed in Holland
1940 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
1940 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
1940 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
1939 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
1938 Phil Emmett Mueller and Dodger Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st at bat
1937 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1936 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Palestine
1935 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:32:07.4
1934 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
1934 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up and Cheer"
1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:31:01.6
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt announces U.S. will leave gold standard
1932 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4
1932 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
1930 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:34:48.2
1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6
1928 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
1928 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
1928 Yankees are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
1927 "Vagabond King" opens in London
1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2
1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
1924 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
1924 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:29:40.2
1923 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:23:37.4
1923 New Egyptian law allows suffrage for men, except soldiers
1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:18:10
1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of New Jersey in 2:18:57.6
1921 Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
1920 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
1919 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder of Mass in 2:29:13.4
1919 French assembly decides on 8 hour work day
1919 Leslie Irvin of U.S. makes 1st parachute jump and free fall
1919 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
1917 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of New York in 2:28:37.2
1916 "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
1916 Italians troops conquer Col di Lana at Merano
1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
1913 17th Boston Marathon won by Fritz Carlson of Minnesota in 2:25:14.8
1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan of New York in 2:21:18.2
1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:21:39.6
1911 George Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play," premieres in London
1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Fred Cameron of Canada in 2:28:52.4
1910 Halley's comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)
1909 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of New Hampshire in 2:53:36.8
1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24
1906 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
1906 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz of New York in 2:38:25.4
1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of New York in 2:38:04.4
1904 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
1902 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12
1901 5th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:29:23.6
1901 James J Caffrey wins Boston marathon (2:29:23.6)
1900 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4
1900 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38
1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Ron McDonald of Mass in 2:42:00
1897 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)
1897 1st Boston Marathon won by John McDermott of New York in 2:55:10
1897 1st performance of Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande"
1896 Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published
1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther," premieres in New York City
1892 Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass)
1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels
1877 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)
1874 Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
1864 Naval Engagement at Cherbourg, FR: USS Kearsage vs. CSS Alabama
1863 Union troops/fleet occupy For Huger, Virginia
1861 Baltimore riots-4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed
1861 Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)
1853 Netherlands Van Hall government forms
1852 California Historical Society forms
1839 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom and Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
1837 Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth
1836 Nikolai Gogol's "Revisor," premieres in St. Petersburg
1825 33 patriotic exiles return to Uruguay
1782 Netherlands recognizes U.S.
1775 Minutemen Captain John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon
1775 Revolution begins-Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
1774 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis," premieres in Paris
1770 Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname
1770 Captain James Cook 1st sees Australia
1713 Emperor Karel VI ends Pragmatic Sanctions
1619 Theatrum Anatomicum opens in Amsterdam
1591 Chartres surrenders to king Henri IV in France
1587 Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain and sinks Spanish fleet
1552 Mauritius of Saksen captures Karel
1539 Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1529 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism
1524 Pope Clemens VII fires Netherlands inquisitor-general French Van de Holly
1451 Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne
607 Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth