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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

  • 1666
    Second Anglo-Dutch War: Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships, an act later known as “Holmes’s Bonfire”.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: the New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
  • 1861
    First ascent of Weisshorn, fifth highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1953
    Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 2009
    A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others.

Who were born on August 19?

  • 232
    Marcus Aurelius Probus, Roman emperor (d. 282)
  • 1342
    Katharine of Bohemia, Duchess of Bavaria (d. 1395)
  • 1915
    Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1963
    John Stamos, American actor
  • 1969
    Clay Walker, American singer

Who died on August 19?

  • 1186
    Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1158)
  • 1981
    Jessie Matthews, English actress (b. 1907)
  • 1986
    Hermione Baddeley, English actress (b. 1906)
  • 2003
    Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    LeRoi Moore, American musician (Dave Matthews Band) (b. 1961)

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