On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 2003

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
  • A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children

Famous Deaths

  • Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948)