What Happened on August 19

Historical Events

  • 43 BC Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.
  • 1839 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris
  • 1942 WWII: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1988 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 1991 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état
  • 2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
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Did You Know?

The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status

On August 19, 1970

Famous Weddings

  • 1800 Social reformer Elizabeth Fry (20) weds tea dealer Joseph Fry (23) at the Norwich Quaker Meeting House in Norwich, England
  • 1935 French singer Edith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris
  • 1956 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado
  • 1973 Kris Kristofferson weds Rita Coolidge
  • 1974 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
  • 2011 "My Fair Brady" actress Adrianne Curry (28) divorces "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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