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, 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

  • 1012
    Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London.
  • 1587
    Francis Drake’s expedition sinks the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbor.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • 1782
    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.
  • 1839
    The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom.
  • 1892
    Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • 1951
    General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
  • 1971
    Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
  • 1997
    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?

  • 1665
    Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (d. 1721)
  • 1946
    Tim Curry, British actor
  • 1961
    Spike Owen, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Al Unser, Jr., American race car driver
  • 1970
    Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • 1977
    Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1978
    Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • 1981
    Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • 1989
    Dominik Mader, German footballer
  • 1990
    Kim Chiu, Filipino actress

Who died on April 19?

  • 1390
    King Robert II of Scotland (b. 1316)
  • 1733
    Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England (b. 1655)
  • 1739
    Nicholas Saunderson, English mathematician (b. 1682)
  • 1751
    Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian field marshal (b. 1678)
  • 1813
    Benjamin Rush, physician, activist (b. 1745)
  • 1930
    Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1941
    Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer and pedagogue (b. 1878)
  • 1993
    George S. Mickelson, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 1999
    David Sanes, US Navy employee (b. 1954)
  • 2005
    George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)

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