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What are the important events that happened on August 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 19 is the 231st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 134 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 6, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,528 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontahenagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 184 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,702 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 19 Historical Events

  • 1561
    An 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France.
  • 1692
    Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Blue Licks – the last major engagement of the war, almost ten months after the surrender of the British commander Lord Cornwallis following the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1945
    Vietnam War: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 1989
    Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Who were born on August 19?

  • 1889
    Arthur Waley, English orientalist and sinologist (d. 1966)
  • 1900
    Gontran de Poncins, French writer and adventurer (d. 1962)
  • 1912
    Austin Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1963)
  • 1921
    Gene Roddenberry, American television producer (d. 1991)
  • 1984
    Ryan Taylor, English footballer

Who died on August 19?

  • 1808
    Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, Swedish naval architect and vice admiral (b. 1721)
  • 1959
    Jacob Epstein, American-born sculptor (b. 1880)
  • 1977
    Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)
  • 2001
    Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • 2011
    Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)

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