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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.
Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing his conquest of Normandy.
William Pitt became the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett patented a process for canning food in tin containers.
United States explorer Charles Wilkes claims part of Antarctica for the United States.
Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.
Georgia seceded from the Union.
During World War I, Britain was hit by an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
The Bolsheviks dissolved the Russian Constitutional Assembly.
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.
The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians signs a contract worth $30,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in the big leagues to date.
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.
A presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.
The first disco, called "Whiskey-a-go-go," opened in Los Angeles.
Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.
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.
Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief of Lyons, France, during the German occupation, was arrested in Bolivia for his crimes against humanity.
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.
At the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing statements of Clinton's innocence.
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.
James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, author.
Paul Cézanne, painter.
Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue), American comic singer.
Janis Joplin, singer.
Dolly Parton, singer, actor.
Paul Rodriguez, Hispanic-American comedian.
Bhagwam Shree Rajneesh, Indian guru.
Carl Perkins, American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country western music died in Jackson, Tennessee, at age 65.
Wilson Pickett, American R&B and soul singer.