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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, 1,503,100,800 seconds 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

  • 1504
    In Ireland, the Hiberno-Norman de Burghs (Burkes) and Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds fight in the Battle of Knockdoe.
  • 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.
  • 1909
    First automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes place.
  • 1981
    Gulf of Sidra Incident: United States fighters intercept and shoot down two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets over the Gulf of Sidra.
  • 2003
    A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency’s top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.

Who were born on August 19?

  • 1631
    John Dryden, English poet (d. 1700)
  • 1907
    Thruston B. Morton, American politician (d. 1982)
  • 1934
    Renée Richards, American physician
  • 1978
    Chris Capuano, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Micah Alberti, American actor

Who died on August 19?

  • 1493
    Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1415)
  • 1580
    Andrea Palladio, Italian architect (b. 1508)
  • 1929
    Sergei Diaghilev, Russian ballet impresario (b. 1872)
  • 1950
    Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • 2009
    Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)

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