On This Day

On This Day in History for April 19 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1987 Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve
  • 1987 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1989 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • 1989 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • 1989 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park became one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. 5 men wrongfully convicted spend between 6-13 years in prison
  • 1990 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas & incoming government agree to truce n Nicaragua's civil war
  • 1991 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • 1992 Balki & Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
  • 1993 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • 1993 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
  • 1993 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crash lands in Iowa
  • 1994 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election

USARodney King Riots

1994 Rodney King awarded $3,800,000 compensation by the Los Angeles County for his police beating

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1994 US Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • 1996 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah

  • 1997 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • 1999 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2013 Boston bombing suspects killed and captured in Boston after 4 days
  • 2015 Boat carrying approx. 850 migrants is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean between Italian and Libya, with only 27 migrants rescued.
  • 2017 Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O'Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Miguel Diaz-Canel is elected Cuba's new president, after former president Raúl Castro steps down

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2018 US Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois (D)) is the first parent to bring a baby into the Senate chambers, a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber's floor
  • 2018 King Mswati III of Swaziland changes the name of Swaziland to Eswatini, or “Land of the Swati”
  • 2020 US COVID-19 death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 UK COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as "The Sunday Times" criticizes Boris Johnson's government's response, saying they "sleepwalked into disaster"

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

PandemicCOVID-19

2020 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2021 New Zealand and Australia open a travel bubble between the two countries after more than a year of border closures
  • 2021 NASA successfully flies its drone helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, first powered aircraft to fly on another world
  • 2021 Cuba's Communist party announces Miguel Díaz-Canel will replace Raúl Castro as party leader, after the latter steps down

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 2016 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93

Person of interestWalter Mondale

2021 Walter Mondale, American politician (US Senator from Minnesota (D), 1964-76 ; 42nd Vice President, 1977-81), dies at 93

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale