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.
The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
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.
The Battle of Leipzig concludes, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.
Battle of Cedar Creek – Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroys a Confederate Army under Jubal Early.
Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.
The League of Nations places economic sanctions on fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.
The People’s Liberation Army takes control of the town of Qamdo; this is sometimes called the “Invasion of Tibet”.
First ascent of Cho Oyu.
Who were born on October 19?
George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1633)
William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
Umberto Boccioni, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1916)
Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (d. 1985)
Simon Ward, British actor
Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
Dorinda Clark-Cole, American gospel singer
Michael Steele, American political figure
Amy Carter, daughter of US President Jimmy Carter
Dan Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
Who died on October 19?
Lyman Hall, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1724)
Michel de Beaupuy, French general of the Revolution (b. 1755)
Paolo Mascagni, Anatomist (b. 1755)
Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
Lázaro Cárdenas, President of Mexico (b. 1895)
Jerzy Popiełuszko, Polish priest, associated with the Solidarity union, murdered by the agents of internal intelligence agency (b. 1947)
Martha Raye, American comedian and actress (b. 1916)
Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
Jan Wolkers, Dutch writer (b. 1925)
Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (b. 1918)
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