What happened this day in history March 19

What are the important events that happened on March 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 19 is the 78th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 287 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 6, 2023 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 466,440 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 ‘heptacontaoctagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 328 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 3,740 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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It’s uncommon for the March equinox to fall on this day. The last time it did was in 1796 and the next will be in 2044.

March 19 Historical Events

  • 1687
    Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men.
  • 1921
    Irish War of Independence: One of the biggest engagements of the war takes place at Crossbarry, County Cork. About 100 Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteers escape an attempt by over 1,300 British forces to encircle them.
  • 1921
    Italian Fascists shoot from the Parenzana train at a group of children in Strunjan (Slovenia): two children are killed, two mangled and three wounded.
  • 1931
    Gambling is legalized in Nevada.
  • 1945
    World War II: Adolf Hitler issues his “Nero Decree” ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed.
  • 1945
    World War II: Off the coast of Japan, a dive bomber hits the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, killing 724 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power.
  • 1954
    Willie Mosconi sets a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record still stands today.
  • 1958
    The Monarch Underwear Company fire leaves 24 dead and 15 injured.
  • 1965
    The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after its destruction.
  • 2004
    Konginkangas bus disaster: A semi-trailer truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.

Who were born on March 19?

  • 1778
    Edward Pakenham, British general (d. 1815)
  • 1848
    Wyatt Earp, American policeman and gunfighter (d. 1929)
  • 1902
    Louisa Ghijs, Belgian stage actress and wife of Johannes Heesters (d. 1985)
  • 1916
    Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • 1933
    Philip Roth, American author
  • 1946
    Ruth Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters)
  • 1954
    Jill Abramson, American journalist
  • 1976
    Andre Miller, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Rachel Blanchard, Canadian actress
  • 2007
    Prince Abdullah bin Ali of Jordan

Who died on March 19?

  • 1623
    Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1556)
  • 1683
    Thomas Killigrew, English dramatist (b. 1612)
  • 1687
    Robert Cavelier de La Salle, French explorer (b. 1643)
  • 1944
    William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
  • 1990
    Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • 1998
    E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Indian Communist politician, former Chief Minister of Kerala (b. 1909)
  • 1999
    Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • 2000
    Joanne Weaver, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • 2001
    Charles K. Johnson, President of the Flat Earth Society (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)

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