On This Day for 19th March

Historical Events

  • 1279 A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
  • 1644 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
  • 1920 US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
  • 1932 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • 2003 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

Did You Know?

The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000. The wreck was discovered on the same day and month, exactly 102 years later by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.

On March 19th, 1863

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)
  • 1924 American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.
  • 1956 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)
  • 1982 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser
  • 2009 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
  • 1996 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marrage