What Happened on March 19

Significant Events

  • 1279 A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China
  • 1644 200 members of Peking imperial family and court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
  • 1863 Confederate cruiser SS Georgiana destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, and medicines then valued over $1,000,000. Wreck discovered exactly 102 years later by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.
  • 1920 US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
  • 1932 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened
  • 2003 Invasion of Iraq by American and British-led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
More Historical Events

March 19 in Film & TV

  • 1984 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

March 19 in Music

  • 1859 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris

March 19 in Sport

Did You Know?

1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

On March 19, 1882


Would You Believe?

The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000, said to have been most powerful Confederate cruiser, discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.

On March 19, 1965

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)
  • 1924 American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.
  • 1956 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)
  • 1982 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser
  • 2009 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Famous Divorces

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