19 April

19 April

April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 256 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 19th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 19th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Bicycle Day
  • Poetry And The Creative Mind Day
  • National Hanging Out Day
  • National Garlic Day
  • National Rice Ball Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 19

1995: 168 die in the Oklahoma City bombing

Timothy McVeigh, the mastermind behind the attack, was executed on June 11, 2001. The motives for the bombing, which also killed 19 babies and children, remain somewhat unclear.

1987: The first installment of The Simpsons is aired

The hugely popular animated sitcom debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show in the form of one-minute shorts.

1971: The Soviet Union launches the world’s first manned space station

Salyut 1 was 23 meters long and offered 100 cubic meters of pressurized space.

1919: Leslie Irvin makes the world’s first free-fall parachute jump

The jump was executed to test a new kind of parachute, which was also the first featuring a ripcord. The Hollywood stuntman broke a leg on landing.

1775: The American Revolutionary War begins

The Battles of Lexington and Concord marked the beginning of the armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and 13 colonies of British North America. The war resulted in U.S. independence.

1971: The Soviet Union launches the world’s first manned space station in 1971.

1987: The first instalment of The Simpsons is aired in 1987

1945: Mexican Pilots showing off a captured Japanese flag in Mexico City, Mexico 1945.

Mexican Pilots showing off a captured Japanese flag in Mexico City, Mexico 1945.

1941: Japanese destroyer Nowaki (“Fall Gales”) underway at speed, 19 April 1941

Japanese destroyer Nowaki (“Fall Gales”) underway at speed, 19 April 1941

1936: An army of schoolgirls marching through Tokyo, their faces an anonymous sea of gas masks, 1936.

An army of schoolgirls marching through Tokyo, their faces an anonymous sea of gas masks, 1936.

1915: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration vessel ‘Endurance’, as it sits stuck in sea ice, later to be crushed from the force and sink, 1915

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration vessel ‘Endurance’, as it sits stuck in sea ice, later to be crushed from the force and sink, 1915

1901: In the Philippines, recently captured insurgent leader Emilio Aguinaldo issues a proclamation advising his countrymen to end their rebellion and use peaceful means to work with the US toward independence in 1901.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 19

1987: Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player

1978: James Franco, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter

1952: Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer, politician

1937: Joseph Estrada, Filipino actor, producer, politician, 13th President of the Philippines

1933: Jayne Mansfield, American model, actress, singer

Mukesh Ambani was born.

James Franco was born.

Kate Hudson was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 19

2004: John Maynard Smith, English biologist

1967: Konrad Adenauer, German politician, Chancellor of West Germany

1914: Charles Sanders Peirce, American philosopher, mathematician, scientist

1882: Charles Darwin, English scientist, theorist

1824: Lord Byron, English poet

Charles Darwin died.

Pierre Curie died.

Jim Corbett died.


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