What happened this day in history April 19

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, 440,904 hours 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

  • 1012
    Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London.
  • 1587
    Francis Drake’s expedition sinks the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbor.
  • 1713
    With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).
  • 1770
    Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding.
  • 1943
    World War II: In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
  • 1960
    Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
  • 1971
    Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the president.
  • 1984
    Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • 1993
    The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
  • 2005
    His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church following the death of Pope John Paul II. The new Pope takes on the regnal name Benedict XVI.

Who were born on April 19?

  • 1877
    Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor (d. 1934)
  • 1883
    Richard von Mises, Austrian-born mathematician (d. 1953)
  • 1900
    Roland Michener, Canadian politician, Governor General (1967-1974) (d. 1991)
  • 1933
    Jayne Mansfield, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1934
    Dickie Goodman, American producer of novelty songs (d. 1989)
  • 1935
    Justin Rigali, American Roman Catholic cardinal
  • 1937
    Elinor Donahue, American actress
  • 1944
    Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (P Funk)
  • 1961
    Spike Owen, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Troy Polamalu, American football player

Who died on April 19?

  • 1813
    Benjamin Rush, physician, activist (b. 1745)
  • 1914
    Charles Sanders Peirce, American philosopher and mathematician (b. 1839)
  • 1926
    Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • 1937
    William Martin Conway, British art critic and mountaineer (b. 1856)
  • 1955
    Jim Corbett, British-Indian conservationist, author and hunter (b. 1875)
  • 1989
    Dame Daphne du Maurier, British novelist (b. 1907)
  • 1999
    Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Albert Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Helen Walton, widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    J.G. Ballard, British novelist (b. 1930)

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