On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1977 Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kill 76
  • 1978 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1979 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 tons of oil spill
  • 1979 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • 1979 Patricia Harris becomes sect of HEW
  • 1980 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application
  • 1982 1st Old Timer's All star classic - AL wins 7-2 in Washington, D.C.
  • 1982 Bolivian government resigns
  • 1982 David S Dodge becomes 1st American hostage in Lebanon
  • 1983 The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
  • 1984 1st female to captain a 747 across Atlantic (Lynn Rippelmeyer)

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1984 Geraldine Ferraro (US Representative, New York), becomes the 1st US female major-party vice-presidential nominee, officially joining Walter Mondale's Democratic Party ticket

Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee Geraldine Ferraro
Congresswoman and 1st Female Vice-Presidential Nominee
Geraldine Ferraro
42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • 1985 Christa McAuliffe chosen as 1st school teacher to fly aboard the space shuttle
  • 1985 The Val di Stava Dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
  • 1989 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • 1990 BASF plant in Cincinnati explodes in flames, 1 dies

  • 1990 Richard Nixon library opens in Yorba Linda, California
  • 1992 Ebony P Warren, crowned 24th Miss Black America
  • 1993 Glen Chapple (Lancs) scores fastest F-C century, 21 minutes

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1993 President Clinton fires FBI director William s. Sessions

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1994 1st game ever cancelled at Seattle Kingdome (falling tiles)
  • 1994 Bomb explosion in Alas Airlines at Colon Panama, 21 killed
  • 1994 Leonid Kvetjsma sworn in as Ukraine president
  • 1996 Jason Gallian scores 312 in 683 mins for Lancashire v Derbyshire
  • 2001 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
  • 2009 The Wesley Impact: black spot the size of Earth discovered on Jupiter after unknown object crashed onto the planet
  • 2013 20 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Diyala, Iraq
  • 2015 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • 2017 US scientists calculate total amount plastic ever produced - 8.3 billion tonnes, equal to weight of 1 billion elephants

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2017 US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2017 "Depacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee becomes the most streamed song ever, played 4.6 billion times
  • 2017 Archaeological dig in Kakadu National Park extends Aboriginal peoples time in Australia to 65,000 to 80,000 years ago

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2017 Investigators using DNA identify 16 year-old James Byron Haakenson as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 41 years after his disappearance

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 2018 Israel's parliament passes controversial "nation state" law giving only Jews self-determination, relegating Arabic to "special status"
  • 2018 First commercial flight, the "bird of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years lands in Asmara, Eritrea, reuniting families
  • 2018 Largest intact sarcophagus of its kind ever found (2000 years old) opened in Alexandria, contains 3 skeletons, not a curse as feared

PlaneWhale of a Plane!

2018 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France

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The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
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  • 2018 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • 2018 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people
  • 2019 Largest wind farm in Africa opens at Lake Turkana, Kenya, generating 310 megawatts
  • 2019 UK oil tanker Stena Impero seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz
  • 2019 Heat wave begins across the east of America affecting 100 million people and killing 6, with New York city declaring a state of emergency
  • 2020 First Arab interplanetary mission, the Mars "Hope" orbiter launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center

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2020 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians already infected with COVID-19, 35 million at risk (official figure just 269,440)

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 2020 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler criticizes federal policing of protesters in his city, calling it unconstitutional

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