On This Day

What Happened on January 19

Important Events

  • 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • 1812 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo
  • 1883 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1966 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister
  • 2013 Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
More Historical Events

Jan 19 in Film & TV

  • 1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS

Jan 19 in Music

Jan 19 in Sport

Did You Know?

Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs in Chicago, calls it the "Jockey"

On January 19, 1935

Would You Believe?

World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people

On January 19, 1977

Famous Weddings

  • 1872 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1884 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony
  • 1957 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Famous Divorces

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