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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

  • 1561
    An 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France.
  • 1612
    The “Samlesbury witches”, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused for practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in English history.
  • 1934
    The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1944
    World War II: Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.
  • 1980
    Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after making an emergency landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people.

Who were born on August 19?

  • 1557
    Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1608)
  • 1883
    Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, French clothing designer (d. 1971)
  • 1913
    Peter Kemp, English soldier and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1944
    Jack Canfield, American author and speaker
  • 1984
    Ryan Taylor, English footballer

Who died on August 19?

  • 1944
    Günther von Kluge, German field marshal (b. 1882)
  • 1959
    Jacob Epstein, American-born sculptor (b. 1880)
  • 1977
    Peter Dyneley, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 1995
    Pierre Schaeffer, French composer (b. 1910)
  • 2009
    Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)

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