What are the important events that happened on April 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 19: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 19 is the 110th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 6, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,587,254,400 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 ‘hectadecagon’ day.
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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 299 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 2,676 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 19 Historical Events
Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London.
Francis Drake’s expedition sinks the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbor.
American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
John Adams secures the Dutch Republic’s recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom.
Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.
Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
Who were born on April 19?
Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (d. 1721)
Tim Curry, British actor
Spike Owen, American baseball player
Al Unser, Jr., American race car driver
Kelly Holmes, English athlete
Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
Dominik Mader, German footballer
Kim Chiu, Filipino actress
Who died on April 19?
King Robert II of Scotland (b. 1316)
Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England (b. 1655)
Nicholas Saunderson, English mathematician (b. 1682)
Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian field marshal (b. 1678)
Benjamin Rush, physician, activist (b. 1745)
Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer and pedagogue (b. 1878)
George S. Mickelson, American politician (b. 1941)
David Sanes, US Navy employee (b. 1954)
George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
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