What happened this day in history October 19

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

October 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 19 is the 293rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 73 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 6, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,717,760 minutes 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 ‘dihectaenneacontatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 116 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 2,859 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 19 Historical Events

  • 202 BC
    Second Punic War: At the Battle of Zama, Roman legions under Scipio Africanus defeat Hannibal Barca, leader of the army defending Carthage.
  • 439
    The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
  • 1216
    King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
  • 1469
    Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
  • 1813
    The Battle of Leipzig concludes, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.
  • 1864
    Battle of Cedar Creek – Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroys a Confederate Army under Jubal Early.
  • 1933
    Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1935
    The League of Nations places economic sanctions on fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.
  • 1950
    The People’s Liberation Army takes control of the town of Qamdo; this is sometimes called the “Invasion of Tibet”.
  • 1954
    First ascent of Cho Oyu.

Who were born on October 19?

  • 1562
    George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1633)
  • 1688
    William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • 1882
    Umberto Boccioni, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1916)
  • 1916
    Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (d. 1985)
  • 1941
    Simon Ward, British actor
  • 1951
    Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • 1957
    Dorinda Clark-Cole, American gospel singer
  • 1958
    Michael Steele, American political figure
  • 1967
    Amy Carter, daughter of US President Jimmy Carter
  • 1976
    Dan Smith, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on October 19?

  • 1790
    Lyman Hall, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1724)
  • 1796
    Michel de Beaupuy, French general of the Revolution (b. 1755)
  • 1815
    Paolo Mascagni, Anatomist (b. 1755)
  • 1956
    Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
  • 1970
    Lázaro Cárdenas, President of Mexico (b. 1895)
  • 1984
    Jerzy Popiełuszko, Polish priest, associated with the Solidarity union, murdered by the agents of internal intelligence agency (b. 1947)
  • 1994
    Martha Raye, American comedian and actress (b. 1916)
  • 2005
    Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • 2007
    Jan Wolkers, Dutch writer (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (b. 1918)

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