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What Happened On This Day In History?


Saturday, January 19th 2019

Today is the 19th day of 2019.  There are 346 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1419
Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing his conquest of Normandy.
1783
William Pitt became the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
1793
King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
1825
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett patented a process for canning food in tin containers.
1840
United States explorer Charles Wilkes claims part of Antarctica for the United States.
1853
Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.
1861
Georgia seceded from the Union.
1915
During World War I, Britain was hit by an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
1918
The Bolsheviks dissolved the Russian Constitutional Assembly.
1937
Millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
1944
The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
1949
Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians signs a contract worth $30,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in the big leagues to date.
1953
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gives birth to little Ricky. More viewers tuned in to watch that blessed event than the following day's inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1955
A presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.
1963
The first disco, called "Whiskey-a-go-go," opened in Los Angeles.
1966
Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.
1970
President Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court, but the nomination was later defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.
1979
Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
1981
The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
1983
Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief of Lyons, France, during the German occupation, was arrested in Bolivia for his crimes against humanity.
1997
Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
1999
At the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing statements of Clinton's innocence.
2000
Michael Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, surrendered to police in Greenwich, Conn., to face charges in the 1975 death of a 15-year-old girl.

Notable Births

1736
James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
1807
Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
1809
Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, author.
1839
Paul Cézanne, painter.
1908
Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue), American comic singer.
1943
Janis Joplin, singer.
1946
Dolly Parton, singer, actor.
1955
Paul Rodriguez, Hispanic-American comedian.

Notable Deaths

1990
Bhagwam Shree Rajneesh, Indian guru.
1998
Carl Perkins, American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country western music died in Jackson, Tennessee, at age 65.
2006
Wilson Pickett, American R&B and soul singer.
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