19 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • James (The Admirable) Crichton, 1560
  • John Dryden, 1631
  • Samuel Richardson baptised, 1689
  • Bernard Baruch, 1870
  • Orville Wright, 1871
  • Coco Chanel, 1883
  • Alfred Lunt, 1893
  • Ogden Nash, 1902
  • Colleen Moore, 1902
  • James Gould Cozzens, 1903
  • Ring Lardner, Jr., 1915
  • Malcolm Forbes, 1919
  • Gene Roddenberry, 1921
  • Frank McCourt, 1930
  • Willie Shoemaker, 1931
  • Jill St. John, 1940
  • Bill Clinton, 1946
  • Dawn Steel, 1946
  • Gerald McRaney, 1948
  • Ron Darling, 1960
  • Matthew Perry, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Augustus Caesar, AD 14
  • Pope Sixtus III, AD 440
  • Michael the Brave, 1601
  • Blaise Pascal, 1662
  • Sergei Diaghilev, 1929
  • Federico Garcia Lorca, 1936
  • Alastair Sim, 1976
  • Groucho Marx, 1977
  • Hermione Baddeley, 1986
  • Linus Pauling, 1994
  • Dick Gregory, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1605 - First English colonists arrive in America and land at what is now Maine.
  • 1787 - Sir William Herschel discovers moon of Saturn he names Enceladus.
  • 1812 - US Navy frigate Constitution nicknamed Old Ironsides; British frigate Guerriere defeated Nova Scotia.
  • 1839 - Louis Jacques Daguerre of France invents the daguerreotype (method of taking photos).
  • 1856 - Gail Borden of Brooklyn, N.Y. patents the process of making condensed milk.
  • 1861 - Passports first introduced in America.
  • 1929 - 'Amos 'n Andy' starts broadcasting on NBC radio sponsored by Pepsodent.
  • 1934 - Plebiscite in Germany approves vesting sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1950 - ABC begins Saturday morning TV shows for children: Animal Clinic and Acrobat Ranch
  • 1960 - Russians launch Sputnik 5 with dog passengers Belka and Strelka, first animals recovered from space.
  • 1966 - Earthquake in Varto, Turkey of 6.9 magnitude kills 2,520.
  • 1991 - Coup in the Soviet Union; Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ousted while on vacation in Crimea.
  • 1995 - World record lake trout weighing 72 lbs caught at Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territory by Lloyd Bull.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John Eudes
  • St. Credan of Evesham
  • Louis of Anjou
  • Mocha
  • Sebald
  • Sixtus III
  • Thecla
  • Agapius and Timothy
  • Andrew the Tribune
  • Bertulf of Bobbio
  • Arnulf of Metz

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Afganistan (1919)
  • National Aviation Day in America

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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