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
Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London.
Francis Drake’s expedition sinks the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbor.
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).
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding.
World War II: In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the president.
Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
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?
Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor (d. 1934)
Richard von Mises, Austrian-born mathematician (d. 1953)
Roland Michener, Canadian politician, Governor General (1967-1974) (d. 1991)
Jayne Mansfield, American actress (d. 1967)
Dickie Goodman, American producer of novelty songs (d. 1989)
Justin Rigali, American Roman Catholic cardinal
Elinor Donahue, American actress
Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (P Funk)
Spike Owen, American baseball player
Troy Polamalu, American football player
Who died on April 19?
Benjamin Rush, physician, activist (b. 1745)
Charles Sanders Peirce, American philosopher and mathematician (b. 1839)
Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
William Martin Conway, British art critic and mountaineer (b. 1856)
Jim Corbett, British-Indian conservationist, author and hunter (b. 1875)
Dame Daphne du Maurier, British novelist (b. 1907)
Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
Albert Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
Helen Walton, widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
J.G. Ballard, British novelist (b. 1930)
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