On This Day

What Happened on August 19

Important 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 World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1988 Iran and 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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Aug 19 in Film & TV

  • 1950 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)

Aug 19 in Music

  • 2008 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Aug 19 in Sport

  • 1909 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Indiana

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

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

On August 19, 1970


Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Start of first and only Olympic cricket match in Paris; GB beats France by 158 runs

On August 19, 1900

Famous Weddings

  • 1800 Social reformer Elizabeth Fry née Gurney (20) weds tea dealer Joseph Fry (23) at the Norwich Quaker Meeting House in Norwich, England
  • 1935 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris
  • 1956 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

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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