On This Day

What Happened on July 19

Important Events

  • 1595 Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe while teaching in Graz
  • 1843 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world
More Historical Events

July 19 in Film & TV

July 19 in Music

  • 1913 Billboard publishes earliest known "Last Week's 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs" Malinda's Wedding Day is #1

July 19 in Sport

  • 1877 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • 1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event

Did You Know?

Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis in the Djurab Desert, Chad. One of the oldest known species in the human family tree, 6-7 million years ago years old

On July 19, 2001


Would You Believe?

US scientists calculate total amount plastic ever produced - 8.3 billion tonnes, equal to weight of 1 billion elephants

On July 19, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1770 Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson (37) weds land and estate owner Mary Norris (30) in a civil ceremony
  • 1928 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy
  • 1932 "Rebecca" author Daphne DuMaurier (25) weds commander of the I Airborne Corps Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning (35)

Famous Divorces

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