On This Day

What Happened on April 19

Important Events

  • 1770 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia
  • 1775 American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" took place in Concord later that day

Apr 19 in Film & TV

Apr 19 in Music

  • 1774 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris

Apr 19 in Sport

  • 1897 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics

Did You Know?

Bicycle Day - Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time

On April 19, 1943

Would You Believe?

Leslie Irvin of US makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump

On April 19, 1919

Famous Weddings

  • 1941 Youngest Mitford sister Deborah Mitford marries Andrew Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire in London
  • 1956 American actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)
  • 1997 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

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