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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, 25,051,680 minutes 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

  • 43 BC
    Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.
  • 1768
    Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1821
    Greek rebels massacre all the population of Navarino.
  • 1945
    Vietnam War: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 2003
    A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children in the Jerusalem bus 2 massacre.

Who were born on August 19?

  • 1883
    José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (d. 1965)
  • 1947
    Gerard Schwarz, American conductor
  • 1952
    Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director
  • 1953
    Lynwood Slim, American blues musician
  • 1963
    Yip Sai Wing, Hong Kong musician (Beyond)

Who died on August 19?

  • 1822
    Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician (b. 1749)
  • 1977
    Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)
  • 1982
    August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 2001
    Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • 2008
    Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (b. 1948)

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