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
  • 1909 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
  • 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500
  • 2011 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
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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

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

On April 19, 1943


Would you believe this fact about today?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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